Public Holidays in Colombia

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Public holidays in Colombia list. Below are National public holidays in Colombia .

Public holidays in Colombia
Public holidays in Colombia

These are Colombia public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Colombia as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Colombia with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


Colombia is the only South American country with both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. The fourth-largest country in South America.

The Republic of Colombia currently celebrates around 18 national public holidays each year. Many of the holidays celebrated in Colombia are religious holidays. These holidays may change in date each year because their celebrations are calculated on the lunar cycle.

Labour laws in Colombia require that all employers provide employees at least a day off from work for all national holidays. These laws do not state whether or not it is mandatory for employees to be paid for national holidays. In many cases, however, employment contracts provide employees with payment for days off that occur due to a national holiday.

Colombia is bordered on the North by the Caribbean Sea, on the Northeast by Venezuela, on the Southeast by Brazil, on the Southwest by Peru and Ecuador, on the W by the Pacific Ocean, and on the Northwest by Panama, the Colombian mainland is located entirely within the tropics.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Colombia observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

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The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Colombia Public Holidays

In the Colombia , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Colombia as a holiday.

Every year on a Colombia public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Colombia public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Colombia

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day, also simply called New Year or New Year’s, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

Jan 11: Epiphany Holiday

Epiphany is a Christian holiday celebrated in Colombia primarily commemorating the Magi’s visit to the baby Jesus and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

Mar 19: St. Joseph’s Day (date varies)

Observed as part of Colombia holidays, Saint Joseph’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Joseph or the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ celebrated on 19th March. It has the rank of a solemnity in the Catholic Church.

Apr: Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the day during Holy Week that commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.

Apr: Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday in colomby commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday, and Black Friday.

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May 01: Labour Day

Labour Day is observed in Colombia and most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement.

May: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.

*This is not a public holiday, though.

May: Ascension Day Holiday

The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, also called Ascension Day, Ascension Thursday, or sometimes Holy Thursday, commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven.

Jun: Corpus Christi Holiday

The Feast of Corpus Christi is a Catholic festival celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun.

It is also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is a Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Western Orthodox liturgical solemnity celebrating the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist.

Jun 14: Sacred Heart

The devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practised and well-known Catholic devotions, wherein the heart of Jesus is viewed as a symbol of “God’s boundless and passionate love for mankind”.

Jun: Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds in Colombia, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages.

Jun 29: Saints Peter and Paul’s Day

St. Peter and Paul’s day is the feast day that honors the martyrdom of the two saints, sometime between AD 64 and 68. While the church recognizes that they may not have died on the same day, tradition says that this is the day that they were both martyred in Rome by Emperor Nero.

* If 29 June does not fall on a Monday, it is observed the following Monday.

Jul 20: Declaration of Independence

A day commemorating major events related to Colombia’s independence from Spain on July 20th 1810.

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Aug 07: Battle of Boyacá

The battle of Boyaca is considered the beginning of the independence of the North of South America, and was considered as the decisive battle that ensured the success of Bolívar’s campaign to liberate New Granada.

Aug: Assumption Day

In Colombia, the Assumption of Mary is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental Orthodoxy, Church of the East, and some Lutheran and Anglo-Catholic Churches, among others, the bodily taking up of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.

Oct 18: Day of the Races

Columbus Day is a national holiday in Colombia and many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

Nov 01: All Saints’ Day Holiday

All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

Nov 11: Independence of Cartagena

Independence of Cartagena City Day is celebrated on the Monday on or following November 11th. The holiday commemorates November 11th 1811 when Cartagena became the first Colombian city to declare independence from the Spanish.

Dec 08: Immaculate Conception Day

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, also called Immaculate Conception Day, celebrates the belief in the sinless lifespan and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, celebrated on September 8.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Christmas Day is annual public holidayin Colombia celebrated on 25 December. Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world.

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Colombia happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Colombia public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Colombia gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Colombia or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.