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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Costa Rica. Please scroll down to view.

Many Costa Rican public holidays are based on cultural and religious traditions. As a predominately Catholic country, the majority of private and public businesses are closed for two weeks during Easter Holy week and the following week. This is known as Semana Santa. In addition to Easter weeks, the majority of businesses, banks and public offices are closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Costa Rica observes several public holidays including New Year’s Day; Maundy Thursday, known as Holy Thursday; Good Friday; Labor Day; Guanacaste Day; Mother’s Day; Independence Day and Christmas Day. Most employers recognize Christmas Eve afternoon as an observance, allowing employees one-half day off. According to Costa Rica’s Labor Code, employees are entitled to eight paid holidays per year. Employees may be entitled to paid days off for additional holidays and national or religious observances including Columbus Day, All Souls’ Day, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and New Year’s Eve. These holidays and observances are allowed at the discretion of the employer according to terms set forth in an employment contract or union bargaining agreement. If an employee is required to work on a public holiday, he or she will be compensated at a rate equal to double the normal salary.

Labor Laws in Costa Rica

All workers in Costa Rica are required to enter into an employment contract or union bargaining agreement setting forth terms of employment, wages and benefits. According to the Labor Code, all employees are entitled to one day of accrued vacation for each month of work. This amounts to two consecutive weeks of paid vacation per year after 50 weeks of continuous employment. The Labor Code prohibits employees from accruing vacation time and does not allow employees to split the two-week allowed vacation time. All vacation time is compensated at an employee’s regular rate of pay.

The standard work week in Costa Rica includes eight hours per day for five days. The Labor Code specifies that workers are prohibited from working more than 48 hours per week. If an employee works more than the standard 40 hour work week, he or she is entitled to overtime compensation, the amount of which is ultimately determined by the employer.

Every employee in Costa Rica is entitled to a yearly bonus in an amount equal to one full month’s pay. Although this is referred to as a Christmas bonus, the amount must be paid between December 1 and December 20 of each year.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
11 AprTueJuan Santamaria Day
13 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabor Day
25 JulTueGuanacaste Day
2 AugWedLady of the Angels' Day
15 AugTueMother's Day / Assumption Day
15 SepFriIndependence Day
16 OctMonCultures National Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day