Colombia Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Colombia or officially the Republic of Colombia is a transcontinental country largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America
  • Colombia has 18 holidays (12 Catholic / Religious holidays and 6 Civic holidays), plus Palm and Easter Sunday
  • Religious holiday date change every year as this celebration are calculated base on lunar cycle
  • The city of Barranquilla has 2 extra holidays celebrating Monday and Tuesday of Carnival
  • In Colombia, for holidays do not fall on a Monday, it will moved to the following Monday, this is to make sure do not interrupt work weeks
  • Holiday dates for Easter, Independence day, the Immaculate Conception and Christmas are never change
  • Labour laws in Colombia enforce that all employees entitled for day off for all national holidays, paid or not is subject to their employment contracts.

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Año Nuevo) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
9 JanMonEpiphany (Día de los Reyes Magos) - 13th Day of Christmas. Celebrates the Three Wise Men's visit to see the newborn Christ by exchanging gifts.
20 MarMonSt Josephs Day (Día de San José) - This day in Western Christianity is the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the foster-father of Jesus Christ. Monday after 19 March
13 AprThursMaundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) - Commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels
14 AprFriGood Friday (Viernes Santo) - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
1 MayMonLabour Day (Primero de Mayo) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
14 MaySunMother's Day - Celebration honoring the mother of the family. 2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday
29 MayMonAscension of Jesus (Ascensión del señor) - is the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God. 39 days after Easter Sunday. Observed on following Monday
18 JunSunFather's Day - Is a celebration honoring fathers. 3rd Sunday in June. Not a Public Holiday
19 JunMonCorpus Christi - Celebrating the belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist. 2nd Thursday after Whitsun. Observed on following Monday
26 JunMonSacred Heart (Sagrado Corazón) - Is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of His divine love for humanity
3 JulMonSaint Peter and Saint Paul (San Pedro y San Pablo) - A liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul
20 JulThursDeclaration of Independence (Declaracion de la Independencia de Colombia) - Key events related to Colombia's independence from Spain occurred on 20 July 1810
7 AugMonBattle of Boyacá - A key battle in 1819 against the Spanish. Considered the beginning of the independence of the North of South America, and is considered important because it led to the victories of the battle of Carabobo in Venezuela, Pichincha in Ecuador and Junín Ayacucho in the Peru
15 AugTueAssumption of Mary (La Asunción) - Celebrates the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. Monday on or after 15 Aug
16 OctMonColumbus Day (Día de la Raza) - Celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492
6 NovMonAll Saints Day (Dia de los Santos) - Is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. Monday on or after 1 Nov
13 NovMonIndependence of Cartagena (Independencia de Cartagena) - Declared its complete independence from Spain on November 11, 1811
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception Day (La Inmaculada Concepción) - Celebrates the solemn belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Navidad) - Christian celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanWedNew Year's Day - Año Nuevo
6 JanMonEpiphany (observed) - Día de los Reyes Magos
24 MarMonSt Josephs Day - Día de San José. Monday after 19 March
17 AprThursMaundy Thursday - Jueves Santo
18 AprFriGood Friday - Viernes Santo
1 MayThursLabour Day - Primero de Mayo
2 JunMonAscension Day (observed) - 40 days after Easter. Observed on following Monday
23 JunMonCorpus Christi (observed)
30 JunMonSaint Peter and Saint Paul
30 JunMonSacred Heart - Sagrado Corazón
20 JulSunDeclaration of Independence - Key events related to Colombia's independence from Spain occurred on 20 July 1810
7 AugThursBattle of Boyacá - A key battle in 1819 against the Spanish
18 AugMonAssumption Day (observed) - Assumption of Mary.
13 OctMonColumbus Day - Day of the Races
3 NovMonAll Saints Day (observed)
17 NovMonIndependence of Cartagena - On 11 Nov 1811, Cartagena declared independence from Spain
8 DecMonImmaculate Conception Day
25 DecThursChristmas Day - Navidad

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day - Año Nuevo
12 JanMonEpiphany (observed) - Día de los Reyes Magos
23 MarMonSt Josephs Day - Día de San José. Monday after 19 March
2 AprThursMaundy Thursday - Jueves Santo
3 AprFriGood Friday - Viernes Santo
1 MayFriLabour Day - Primero de Mayo
18 MayMonAscension Day (observed) - 40 days after Easter. Observed on following Monday
8 JunMonCorpus Christi (observed)
15 JunMonSacred Heart - Sagrado Corazón
29 JunMonSaint Peter and Saint Paul
20 JulMonDeclaration of Independence - Key events related to Colombia's independence from Spain occurred on 20 July 1810
7 AugFriBattle of Boyacá - A key battle in 1819 against the Spanish
17 AugMonAssumption Day (observed) - Assumption of Mary.
12 OctMonColumbus Day - Day of the Races
2 NovMonAll Saints Day (observed)
16 NovMonIndependence of Cartagena - On 11 Nov 1811, Cartagena declared independence from Spain
8 DecTueImmaculate Conception Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day - Navidad

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day - Año Nuevo
11 JanMonEpiphany (observed) - Día de los Reyes Magos
21 MarMonSt Josephs Day - Día de San José. Monday after 19 March
24 MarThursMaundy Thursday - Jueves Santo
25 MarFriGood Friday - Viernes Santo
1 MaySunLabour Day - Primero de Mayo
9 MayMonAscension Day (observed) - 40 days after Easter. Observed on following Monday
30 MayMonCorpus Christi (observed)
3 JunFriSacred Heart - Sagrado Corazón
4 JunMonSaint Peter and Saint Paul
20 JulWedDeclaration of Independence - Key events related to Colombia's independence from Spain occurred on 20 July 1810
7 AugSunBattle of Boyacá - A key battle in 1819 against the Spanish
15 AugMonAssumption Day (observed) - Assumption of Mary.
17 OctMonColumbus Day - Day of the Races
7 NovMonAll Saints Day (observed)
14 NovMonIndependence of Cartagena - On 11 Nov 1811, Cartagena declared independence from Spain
8 DecThursImmaculate Conception Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day - Navidad

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day (Año Nuevo)
8 JanMonEpiphany (observed) - Día de los Reyes Magos
19 MarMonSt Josephs Day (Día de San José. Monday after 19 March)
29 MarThursMaundy Thursday (Jueves Santo)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Viernes Santo)
1 MayTueLabour Day (Primero de Mayo)
10 MayThursAscension Day (observed) - 40 days after Easter. Observed on following Monday
13 MaySunMother's Day (2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday)
31 MayThursCorpus Christi (second Thursday after Whitsun. Observed on following Monday)
11 JunMonSacred Heart (Sagrado Corazón. Ten weeks and a day after Easter Sunday)
17 JunSunFather's Day (3rd Sunday in June. Not a Public Holiday)
2 JulMonSaint Peter and Saint Paul (Monday on or after 29 June)
20 JulFriDeclaration of Independence (Key events related to Colombia's independence from Spain occurred on 20 July 1810)
7 AugTueBattle of Boyacá (A key battle in 1819 against the Spanish)
15 AugWedAssumption Day (Assumption of Mary. Monday on or after 15 Aug)
15 OctMonColumbus Day (Day of the Races)
5 NovMonAll Saints Day (Monday on or after 1 Nov)
12 NovMonIndependence of Cartagena (On 11 Nov 1811, Cartagena declared independence from Spain)
8 DecSatImmaculate Conception Day (Inmaculada Concepcion)
25 DecTueChristmas Day (Navidad)

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