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  Because Costa Rica is a Roman Catholic country, most of its holidays are church-related. The biggest are Christmas, New Year's and Eastern, which are celebrated for several days. Keep in mind that Holy Week(Easter Week) is the biggest holyday time in Costa Rica, and many families head for the beach. Also, there is no public transportation on Holy Thursday or Good Friday. Government offices and banks are closed on official holidays, transportation services are reduced and stores and markets may also close.

Oficial Holidays in Costa Rica include:

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • March 19: St Joseph's Day, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week.
  • April 11: Juan Santamaría's Day
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • June 29: Saints Peter and Paul's Day
  • July 25: Annexation of the province of Guanacaste
  • August 2: Virgin of Los Angeles's Day
  • August 15: Mother's Day
  • September 15: Independence Day
  • October 12: Discovery of América/ Día de la Raza
  • December 8: Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
  • December 24 and 25: Christmas
  • December 31: New Year's Eve

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