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Public Holidays

Colombia has 18 public holidays in a year ranking it #4 in terms of countries with the most days off. There are so many holidays that most Colombians don't even know what most holidays are for.

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 2018 and 2019.

Colombian Holidays 2018

1 January - New Year's Day
8 January - Epiphany
19 March - Saint Joseph's Day
29 March - Maundy Thursday
30 March - Good Friday
1 May - Labor Day / May Day
14 May - Ascension Day
4 June - Corpus Christi
11 June - Sacred Heart
2 July - Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
20 July - Independence Day
7 August - Battle of Boyacá Day
20 August - Assumption of Mary
15 October - Columbus Day
5 November - All Saints' Day
12 November - Independence of Cartagena
8 December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25 December - Christmas Day

Colombian Holidays 2019

1 January - New Year's Day
7 January - Epiphany
25 March - Saint Joseph's Day
18 April - Maundy Thursday
19 April - Good Friday
1 May - Labor Day / May Day
3 June - Ascension Day
24 June - Corpus Christi
1 July - Sacred Heart
1 July - Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
20 July - Independence Day
7 August - Battle of Boyacá Day
19 August - Assumption of Mary
14 October - Columbus Day
4 November - All Saints' Day
11 November - Independence of Cartagena
8 December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25 December - Christmas Day

Toucan TipPublic Holiday Exodus

Medellin is often like a ghost town on Public holidays since many Paisas leave town to visit pueblitos or stay in their fincas. (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 its quietest and with minimal traffic. Depending on the holiday many places may be closed. If you're looking for something to do quite often Toucan Cafe & Tours have tours scheduled over the holiday weekend, but make sure you book in advance. 

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Public Holidays
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