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2018 Colombian Holidays: the Definitive List

Monday is a holiday. Colombian holidays always sneak up on me. I usually find out when I go run my errands and everything’s closed. Even this first holiday of the year, Three Kings Day, caught me by surprise.

We don’t celebrate Three Kings Day in the states, but in Latin America it can be as popular as Christmas. I think of it as a late Christmas. The Kings were traveling by camel and got to the manger as fast as they could. They didn’t have the benefit of a magic flying sleigh or of a Rudolf with a beaming red headlight nose. Anyway, Three Kings Day is usually January 6th. But to get a long weekend out of the deal, this year Colombia celebrates it on Monday, January 8th. They also call it Epiphany.

Another point of curiosity regarding Colombian holidays: most folks don’t know what any given holiday is. With The exception of the aforementioned second Christmas. Folks only care that they have a day off from work. Because Colombia is a majority Catholic, most of these holidays that blend into each other are religious. Counting the individual days of Easter, Colombia celebrates 20 national holidays!

Colombian Holidays

Here’s a list of them and when they’ll be celebrated in 2018. I’ve added a bit of information so that it’s more than just a day off from work, or a day on which errands can’t get done.

2018 Colombian Holidays
Actual Holiday  2018 Date Observed Holiday Of Note
January 1, 2018 January 1, 2018 New Year’s Day The burning of the doll, is the custom of burning the old year, which is represented by a life-size doll of a personality, filled with fireworks. At midnight January 1st, it’s set on fire. The current Colombian president is a favorite personality.
January 6, 2018 January 8, 2018 Epiphany (Three Kings Day) Not that big a holiday in Colombia
February 7, 2018 February 7, 2018 Greggo’s Birthday Not celebrated nationally … yet
March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 Woman’s Day Not a national holiday
March 19, 2018 March 19, 2018 Saint Joseph Day
March 25, 2018 March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday
March 25, 2018 March 29, 2018 Maundy Thursday
March 30, 2018 March 30, 2018 Good Friday
April 1, 2018 April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday
May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 International Workers Day
May 10, 2018 May 14, 2018 Ascension of Jesus
May 31, 2018 June 4, 2018 Corpus Christi
June 8, 2018 June 11, 2018 Sacred Heart
June 29, 2018 July 2, 2018 Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
July 20, 2018 July 20, 2018 Colombian Independence Marked from 1810, Colombia’s independence from Spain is characterized by a period of internal struggles by the territory for independence that lasted until 1819.
August 7, 2018 August 7, 2018 Battle of Boyacá Occurred on 1819, this decisive battle ensured the liberation of the territory that would become the country.
August 15, 2018 August 20, 2018 The Ascension of the Virgin Maria
October 11, 2018 October 12, 2018 Race Day Basically, the day Columbus is said to have “discovered” Colombia. The name of the holiday changes from country to country, as do the connotations of what is celebrated and commemorated.
September 15, 2018 Day of Love & Friendship
(Dia de amor y amistad)
While not a national holiday, this equivalent of Valentine’s is celebrated with all the trappings of the U.S. holiday by those who wish to get in a relationship or stay in one.
November 1, 2018 November 5, 2018 All Saints Day
November 11, 2018 November 12, 2018 Independence de Cartagena Also celebrated nationally, the independence of Cartagena in 1811 marked a date on which the city declared its absolute independence from the Spanish empire.
November 23, 2018 Black Friday Not a holiday anywhere. While Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Colombia, Black Friday, the most popular shopping day of the year has managed to filter into the malls.
December 8, 2018 December 8, 2018 Immaculate Conception
December 25, 2018 December 25, 2018 Christmas Christmas eve, the 24th is more important as families celebrate.
December 28, 2018 December 28, 2018 Day of the Innocents Not a national holiday. The equivalent to the U.S.’s April fool’s day.

Original source: http://www.colombia-sa.com/varios/varios-fiestas-1.html

The next one is the day of San Jose on March 19th. Now you can be ready.

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