Costa Rica Holidays and Events
What times should you visit?
Enjoy the many Costa Rica holidays and events. From January 1st until December 31st there is a holiday for almost every week of the year. This will help you decide when to Visit Costa Rica as certain times of year are extremely busy and the beaches are full and other parts of the year are not so bad. You will notice that the national holidays are when everyone gets a day off and the others sometimes get time off of work but unpaid. Other large events like Envision are popular tourist events and a great way to meet some other foreigners. Where as local events are cool to see
the traditional side of Costa Rica. You will see things like bullfighting, large carnivals and lots of Costa Rican Cuisine. Well Known and National Holidays
New Years Day
January 1st (Public)
New years day in Costa Rica is just like any other Country. Although they do have a few traditional foods at this time, for example, Tamales.
Semana Santa - Holy Week
April just before Easter (Public)
Semana Santa is the one of the holiest week of the year in Costa Rica. Generally, everthing shuts down even public transportation for a few days.
April 1st (Public)
Easter in Costa Rica is a very sincere and religious day. They don’t focus so much on the chocolate bunnies and more so on the traditions.
Día de Juan Santamaría
April 11 (Public)
This is a day of recognition to the soldier Juan Santa Maria. He is the National Hero of Costa Rica. Many normally line the streets and carry the flag of Costa Rica.
Día de los Padres - Fathers Day
Third Sunday of June
Fathers day almost everywhere is a sentimental holiday between fathers and sons or daughters.
Día de los Trabajadores - Labor Day
May 1st (Public)
Labor Day or May Day is the celebration of workers, generally, there are parades and many fireworks.
Día de Guanacaste
July 25th (Public)
The annexation of Guanacaste is a very important day for Costa Rica. It celebrates the day that Guanacaste chose to be a part of this little Country.
Virgen de Los Angeles
August 2nd (Public)
The Virgen de Los Angeles is a very religious day with many starting the annual pilgrimage to Cartago almost a week before hand.
Día de la Madre, Mothers Day
August 15th (Public)
Mothers day is a very sentimental day to celebrate your mother. Normal giving Chocolates and Flowers.
September 15th (Public)
On this date in 1821 is the day Costa Rica became an independent country. It is a very important time in History and one all Costa Ricans look forward to each year.
The Fiest of the Immaculate Conception is a Religous holiday in Costa Rica. Many attend special church services on this date.
December 25th (Public)
This is a holiday celebrated worldwide. In Costa Rica, it focusses More so on the religious side of things. You will still see Christmas trees lights and family gatherings.
Día de San José
A religious holiday celebrating Saint Joseph but generally families take it off for the beach and some down time.
National Parks Day
This Day celebrates the numerous protected areas and national parks with in Costa Rica.
Día de la Raza or Day of Cultures
A boisterous celebration of Carnival festivals and parties. It is known for the day Christopher Columbus discoverd Latin America.
Halloween is not very popular in Costa Rica. But has taken off recently in small neighborhoods.
Día de los Muertos
It is common to have large celebrations in other countries but Costa Ricans normally will go visit dead relatives at cemeteries and decorate the tomb stones.
Large Carnivals and Events
February 22nd – 25th
The Envision festival is full of Musical performances, Yoga, and different workshops. It has grown into a large outdoor event in the past years attracting thousands.
Jungle Jam is an annual reggae festival. it also attracts large crowds and is full of reggae culture.
The Costa Rican Carnival takes place for one week in the port town of Limon. They celebrate an Afro-Caribbean culture with dancing music and food.
Small Town Fiestas
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