Guanacaste Day in Costa Rica in 2020

Guanacaste Day in Costa Rica in 2020
  How long until Guanacaste Day?
This holiday next takes place in 230 days.
  Dates of Guanacaste Day in Costa Rica
2021 Costa Rica Sun, Jul 25 National Holiday
2020 Costa Rica Sat, Jul 25 National Holiday
2019 Costa Rica Thu, Jul 25 National Holiday
2018 Costa Rica Wed, Jul 25 National Holiday
2017 Costa Rica Tue, Jul 25 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks Costa Rica's annexation of Guanacaste province in 1824

When is Guanacaste Day?

Guanacaste Day is a public holiday in Costa Rica, celebrated on July 25th.

Also known as 'Annexation of Nicoya Day' (La Anexión del Partido de Nicoya), this day marks the annexation of Guanacaste in 1824 when the province became part of Costa Rica.

History of Guanacaste day

Spanish rule in the central Americas ended in 1812 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1824, Costa Rica was part of the Federal Republic of Central America, along with other states such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The region of Guanacaste was part of Nicaragua and bordered the northern part of Costa Rica. In the three major cities in Guanacaste, there had been open meetings discussing a switch from Nicaragua to Costa Rica. A referendum was called to decide on what to do. In the referendum, Nicoya and Santa Cruz voted yes to joining Costa Rica, while Liberia voted to stay with Nicaragua. The overall result was in favour of the annexation by Costa Rica.

The Central American Federal Republic duly passed the law and signed it on July 25th 1824, allowing Guanacaste Province to become part of Costa Rican territory.

On Guanacaste Day, banks, government offices and most businesses will be closed. Shops and restaurants will remain open.

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