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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 here or on the Time & Date website. We have summarized the Colombian public holidays for 2023 and 2024.

Colombian Holidays 2023

01 January - New Years Day
09 January - Epiphany
20 March - Saint Joseph's Day
06 April - Maundy Thursday
07 April - Good Friday
01 May - Labor Day / May Day
22 May - Ascension Day
12 June - Corpus Christi
19 June - Sacred Heart
03 July - Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
20 July - Independence Day
07 August - Battle of Boyacá Day
21 August - Assumption of Mary
16 October - Columbus Day
06 November - All Saints' Day
13 November - Independence of Cartagena
08 December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25 December - Christmas Day

Colombian Holidays 2024

01 January - New Years Day
08 January - Epiphany
25 March - Saint Joseph's Day
28 April - Maundy Thursday
29 April - Good Friday
01 May - Labor Day / May Day
13 May - Ascension Day
03 June - Corpus Christi
10 July - Sacred Heart
01 July - Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
20 July - Independence Day
07 August - Battle of Boyacá Day
19 August - Assumption of Mary
14 October - Columbus Day
04 November - All Saints' Day
11 November - Independence of Cartagena
08 December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25 December - Christmas Day

Colombian Holidays Explained

  • Epiphany (Epifanía) - This holiday commemorates the visit of the three wise men, also known as the Magi, to the baby Jesus. It is typically celebrated on January 6th.

  • St. Joseph's Day (Día de San José) - This holiday is celebrated in honor of St. Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus. It is typically celebrated on March 19th.

  • Ascension Day (Ascensión de Jesús) - This holiday commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven, as described in the Christian Bible. The date of this holiday varies from year to year.

  • Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi) - This holiday celebrates the body and blood of Jesus Christ, as well as the Eucharist. The date of this holiday varies from year to year.

  • Sacred Heart (Corazón de Jesús) - This holiday is celebrated in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is a symbol of Jesus' love for humanity. The date of this holiday varies from year to year.

  • Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul (Día de San Pedro y San Pablo) - This holiday is celebrated in honor of St. Peter and St. Paul, two of the most important saints in the Christian faith. It is typically celebrated on June 29th.

  • Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) - This holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of the Republic of Colombia from Spanish rule. It is celebrated on July 20th.

  • Battle of Boyacá Day (Día de la Batalla de Boyacá) - This holiday commemorates the Battle of Boyacá, which was fought on August 7, 1819 and resulted in a decisive victory for the forces of independence. It is celebrated on August 7th.

  • Assumption of Mary (Asunción de la Virgen) - This holiday celebrates the assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into heaven. It is celebrated on August 15th.

  • Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) - This holiday commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. It is celebrated on October 12th.

  • All Saints' Day (Todos los Santos) - This holiday is celebrated in honor of all the saints of the Christian faith. It is celebrated on November 1st.

  • Independence of Cartagena (Independencia de Cartagena) - This holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Cartagena, a city located in the Caribbean region of Colombia, from Spanish rule. It is celebrated on November 11th.

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción) - This holiday celebrates the belief that the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin. It is celebrated on December 8th.

Public 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.
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