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Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The deputies pre-approved, with 35 votes in favor and 3 against, in their first round of voting, the bill No.20,989, to decree Aug. 31 as a holiday marking the day of the black person.

The bill has the goal to declare August as the historical month of Afro-descendants in Costa Rica and Aug. 31 as the official date to celebrate the Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture.

Deputy David Gourzong, who voted for the bill, justified his decision saying that the goal is to celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture and Costa Rica’s black people.

Another vote in favor was by deputy Nielsen Pérez, who commented that the importance is to make visible the culture and identity of the Afro-descendant population in Costa Rica.

However, deputy María Inés Solís, who voted against the bill, justified her decision by claiming that she is not against declaring August as the month of Afro-descendants, but she is opposed to adding a new holiday.

According to Solís, another holiday threatens economic recovery, because a day of vacation is given to public employees, which could cost the State about 7.6 billion colones, approximately 12.1 million dollars.

Deputy Eduardo Cruickshank, who voted in favor of the bill, responded to Solis stating that the new holiday will not cost 7.6 billion colones to the State, because public sector employees are paid for every day of the year, whether they are working or taking a holiday.

According to the Ministry of Labor, there are 11 holidays in Costa Rica, such as:

- January 1, the holiday commemorating the New Year.

- April 11, Juan Santamaría Day.

- Maundy Thursday and Holy Friday, which are usually celebrated sometime in March or April.

- May 1, Labor Day.

- July 25, Guanacaste Day.

- August 2, Virgin of the Angels Day.

- August 15, Mother's Day.

- September 15, Independence Day.

- December 1, Abolition of the Army Day.

- December 25, Christmas Day.

Are you for or against a new holiday in Costa Rica? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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