Holidays and their transfer for the year 2022

Last November 22, 2021, was published in the Official Gazette “La Gaceta” the law to declare August as the historical month of Afrodescendence in Costa Rica, law number 10050, which decrees August 31 as a holiday in commemoration of the Day of the Black Person and the Afro-Costa Rican Culture. Reforming article 148 of the Labor Code and decreeing the following days as holidays:

Article 148- The following shall be considered holidays and, therefore, of mandatory payment: January 1, April 11, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, May 1st, July 25, August 15, September 15 and December 25. August 2nd, August 31st and December 1st shall also be considered holidays, but their payment shall not be mandatory. 

The August 31st holiday will be joining the August 2nd and December 1st holiday as non-mandatory paid holidays. It also establishes that the celebration of the new August 31st holiday will be moved to the following Sunday in the years 2022 and 2023, being able to celebrate it the same day until the year 2024. This same document indicates that for the year 2022 the holidays of September 15 and December 1st will be moved to the first following Monday.  Below, you can find a table of how the holidays will be displayed for the year 2022:

January 1stSaturday, January 1stnon-transferable
Juan Santamaría’s DayMonday. April 11non-transferable
Holy ThursdayThursday, April 14non-transferable
Good FridayFriday, April 15non-transferable
Labor DaySunday, May 1stnon-transferable
Guanacaste AnnexationMonday, July 25non-transferable
Day of Our Lady of the Angels *Non-obligatory paymentTuesday, August 2ndnon-transferable
Mother’s DayMonday, August 15non-transferable
Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture *Non-obligatory paymentWednesday, August 31stSunday, September 4th *This holiday will be moved to Sunday in 2022 and 2023.
Independence DayThursday, September 15Monday, September 19
Army Abolition Day *Non-obligatory paymentThursday, December 1stMonday, December 5th
ChristmasSunday, December 25non-transferable

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