Mother’s Day in Costa Rica

Mother’s Day is a holiday that’s observed in a number of different countries around the world. For many countries, the second Sunday of May is celebrated as this holiday. But that isn’t true in all countries. In parts of Latin America, May 10th is celebrated as Mother’s Day, and in Thailand, August 12th is celebrated for this holiday.

In Costa Rica, however, this holiday is celebrated on August 15th — if the holiday falls on a weekday, or the following Monday if it falls on a weekend. In this country, this holiday also has a religious connotation that isn’t present in other Mother’s Day celebrations that are held in other countries.

The History Of Mother’s Day In Costa Rica

At the beginning of the 20th century, many countries began to recognize women more for their motherly role. Not only in Costa Rica but also in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as well. Then during the 1920s, festivities began to crop up in Costa Rica that were held to honor mothers’ contributions to society. The first of these holidays was Feast of Mothers, and then it was Mother Honor Day.

It wouldn’t be until 1932, however, that Mother’s Day would become an official holiday in Costa Rica. This is when it was declared a public holiday that was to be observed every year on August 15th. On this day, schools, public institutions, and many businesses were closed in celebration of this holiday.

Observing Mother’s Day In Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, Mother’s Day is a non-working day by law. It’s a day when people spend time with their mothers, enjoy a nice meal with them, or give them a special gift. It’s also a day that’s been associated with the Virgin Mary, so there are a number of religious services dedicated to her on this day. It’s also a day off for the general population, and businesses, government agencies, and schools are closed for the day.

Where is it celebrated?
Costa Rica (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
August 15 Tuesday
Next year (2024)
August 15 Thursday
Last year (2022)
August 15 Monday