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Holidays in Costa Rica

A Catholic nation, Costa Rica observes many holidays that relate to church and religion. The country closes down during Easter Holy Week, and the majority of the populous make their way to the beach.

San Jose in particular is a ghost town. No alcoholic beverages are served or sold during this week. Most people stock up on beverages before the holiday week. Banks and offices are closed, as are most local businesses. Hotels are normally booked months in advance for this particular week as well.

A list of other Holidays in Costa Rica is below:

January 1st: New Yearís Day, celebrated with a big dance in San Joseís Parque Central.

March 19th: St. Josephís Day, patron saint of San Jose and San Jose province.

Easter: Holy Week, Semana Santa. Dates vary annually but businesses will often close for the entire week preceding Easter weekend.

April 11th: Juan Santamaria Day. Public holiday to commemorate the national hero who fought at the battle of Rivas against the American invader William Walker in 1856.

May 1st: Labor Day. Dia de los Trabajadores.

June: Corpus Christi

June 29th: St. Peter and St. Paulís Day

July 25th: Guanacaste Day. To mark the annexation of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824.

August 2nd: Virgin de los Angeles Day. Patron saint of Costa Rica.

August 15th: Motherís Day and Assumption Day

September 15th: Independence Day, with big patriotic parades celebrates Costa Ricaís independence from Spain in 1821.

October 12th: Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). Limon province only, marked by carnival, which take place in the week prior to October 12.

November 2nd: All soulís Day

December 8th: Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.

December 25th: Christmas Day. Family-oriented celebrations with trips to the beach. Much consumption of apples and grapes.

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