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Costa Rican Holidays


January 1 New Year's Day (Ano Nuevo). Join the big dance in San Jose central park!
March 19 St. Joseph's Day (Dia de San Jose)
Easter less 46 days Ash Wednesday (Miercoles de Ceniza). See nationwide processions and in Liberia the Guanacaste bullfights
Week before Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa). Business will be closed the entire week.
April 11 National Hero's Day Parades in Alajuela.
May 1 Labor Day (Dia de los Trabajadores)
June 29 St. Peter and St. Paul's Day (Dia de San Pedro y San Pablo)
July 25 Celebrates Guanacaste's 1824 entrance into the Costa Rican union (Anexion de Guanacaste)
August 2 Virgin of Los Angeles Day (Dia de la Virgen de Los Angeles). Honors St. Mary, Patron Saint of Costa Rica.
August 15 Mother's Day (Dia de la Madre)
September 15 Independence Day (Dia de la Indepencia). National celebration of independence from Spain in 1821.
October 5 The Carnival in Limón
October 12 Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza)
November 2 All Soul's Day
Week of Christmas A week celebration including fireworks, bullfights and fairs in San Jose.
December 25 Christmas Day

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