Day of Cultures in Costa Rica in 2019

Day of Cultures in Costa Rica in 2019
  How long until Day of Cultures?
This holiday next takes place in 20 days.
  Dates of Day of Cultures in Costa Rica
2021 Costa Rica Tue, Oct 12 National Holiday
2020 Costa Rica Mon, Oct 12 National Holiday
2019 Costa Rica Sat, Oct 12 National Holiday
2018 Costa Rica Fri, Oct 12 National Holiday
2017 Costa Rica Mon, Oct 16 National Holiday
Honors indigenous people on the date when Columbus first set foot in the Americas
  Local name
Día de las Culturas
  Day of Cultures in other countries
Day of Cultures internationally

Day of Cultures in Costa Rica

12th October is a non-paid legal holiday (feriado de no pago obligatorio) in Costa Rica. If an employee does work the holiday, they receive their normal salary.

When is this holiday?

The date of Columbus' arrival in the Americas is celebrated in Central and South America as the Día de la Raza ("day of the race"), commemorating the first encounters of Europe and Native Americans. It is a celebration of the diversity among Native Americans and Europeans.

The day commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. In the USA it is observed on the Second Monday in October.

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his 3rd voyage in 1498. Instead, while trying to find a sea route to India, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador.

He was also not the earliest European explorer to reach the Americas, with the indisputable evidence of Norsemen having reached the mainland of North America centuries before.

The day was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917, Venezuela in 1921, Chile in 1923, Colombia in 1921 and Mexico in 1928.

Law N° 7426, of September 21st, 1994, abolished N° 4169, "Day of Discovery and Race", July 29th, 1968, which was seen as discriminatory and racist. The 1994 law established that "every year will be commemorated on October 12th as the 'Day of Cultures', to enhance the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nature of Costa Rica".

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