Public Holidays - Costa Rica
If nothing else, Costa Ricans love a good holiday! No work, get paid, have fun. Many are based on religious holidays, so many holidays are extremely important to those who take their religion seriously.
During these public holidays, all banks, post offices, museums and government offices are closed. So is the entire judicial system. Many businesses likewise are closed or are working but with substantially less staff.
The country comes to a virtual standstill for two important weeks.
Semana Santa (Easter Holy week from Holy Thursday until after Easter), but in reality, the country simply shuts down and many places offer few if any services during the proceeding week..
The week (more or less) between Christmas and New Years Day. Do not expect to do any business here during that time and you may find nobody answering phone calls or returning email. Tourist businesses are the exception of course as these are the two most heavily traveled periods in that industry. The courts will not re-open until mid January.
Public Holidays 2008
Nobaody pays much attention to August 15th, Mothers Day and everyone celebrtes it on that day regarless of law.
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