Medellin Free City Guide

Public Holidays

In Colombia there are about 17 or 18 public holidays each year. Don’t ask a Colombian what the holidays are for as most don’t know. Anytime you need to get a list of public holidays in Colombia you can check the Time & Date website.

We have summarized the public holidays for 2015 and 2016.

2015

01 January – New Year’s Day
12 January – Epiphany
23 March – Saint Joseph’s Day
02 April – Maundy Thursday
03 April – Good Friday
01 May – Labor Day / May Day
18 May – Ascension Day
08 June – Corpus Christi
15 June – Sacred Heart
29 June – Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
20 July – Independence Day
07 August – Battle of Boyacá Day
17 August – Assumption of Mary
12 October – Columbus Day
02 November – All Saints’ Day
16 November – Independence of Cartagena
08 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25 December – Christmas Day

2016

01 January – New Year’s Day
11 January – Epiphany
21 March – Saint Joseph’s Day
24 March – Maundy Thursday
25 March – Good Friday
01 May – Labor Day / May Day
09 May – Ascension Day
30 May – Corpus Christi
06 June – Sacred Heart
04 July – Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
20 July – Independence Day
07 August – Battle of Boyacá Day
15 August – Assumption of Mary
17 October – Columbus Day
07 November – All Saints’ Day
14 November – Independence of Cartagena
08 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25 December – Christmas Day

Toucan Tip: Public Holiday Exodus

Nothing happens in Medellin on a public holiday since there are very few people left in the city. Most Paisas leave town heading to their fincas (country home). Everyone in Medellin seems to have a finca or has a family member with a finca.

If you’re going to be in Medellin on a public holiday the best thing to do is enjoy the city at it’s quietest and with minimal traffic. Take the opportunity to do some sightseeing and do our Medellin Walking Tour.

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