This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Colombia. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 7 Monday Epiphany Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. Jan 6th, but when it does not fall on a Monday, then it's observed the following Monday.

March 8 Friday International Women's Day Observance

It is a day that celebrates womanhood and also women's solidarity in the struggle for emancipation.

March 25 Monday Saint Joseph's Day Observance

In Western Christianity it's the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Also it's a Father's Day

April 14 Sunday Palm Sunday Observance

Christian feast that commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It falls on the Sunday before Easter.

April 18 Thursday Maundy Thursday Public holiday

Christian holiday falling on the Thursday before Easter, which commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 27 Saturday Children's Day Observance

This day is dedicated to promote the rights and welfare of children and young people. Last Saturday of April in Colombia

April 29 Monday Day of Trees Observance

A holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. April 29th in Colombia.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

May 15 Wednesday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers.

June 3 Monday Ascension Day Public holiday

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter
In Colombia, as with other Christian holidays, Ascension Day is celebrated on the Monday after the actual date.

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

June 24 Monday Corpus Christi Public holiday

The Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist - known as transubstantiation.
In Colombia, as with other Christian holidays, Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Monday after the actual date.

July 1 Monday Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Public holiday

A liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul. When it does not fall on a Monday, it's observed the following Monday.

July 1 Monday Sacred Heart Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrated in 68 days after Easter Sunday

July 20 Saturday Declaration of Independence of Colombia Public holiday

Anniversary of the establishment of a Junta de Santa Fe

August 7 Wednesday Battle of Boyacá Public holiday

Anniversary of the Battle of Boyacá which is considered the beginning of the independence of the North of South America.

August 19 Monday Assumption of Mary Public holiday

In Christianity a religious account of the taking up of Mary into heaven. When it does not fall on a Monday, it's observed the following Monday.

October 14 Monday Columbus Day Public holiday

Celebrations honoring Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492.

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 4 Monday All Saints' Day Public holiday

In Colombia, the holiday is celebrated on the Monday on or after 1 November.

November 11 Monday Independence of Cartagena Public holiday

Anniversary of the Cartagena's declaration of independence from Spain in 1811. When the date (November 11th) does not fall on a Monday, it's observed the following Monday.

December 8 Sunday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observance

Christian holiday, conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin.

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

Holidays in Colombia in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Colombia. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 7 Monday Epiphany Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. Jan 6th, but when it does not fall on a Monday, then it's observed the following Monday.

March 8 Friday International Women's Day Observance

It is a day that celebrates womanhood and also women's solidarity in the struggle for emancipation.

March 25 Monday Saint Joseph's Day Observance

In Western Christianity it's the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Also it's a Father's Day

April 14 Sunday Palm Sunday Observance

Christian feast that commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It falls on the Sunday before Easter.

April 18 Thursday Maundy Thursday Public holiday

Christian holiday falling on the Thursday before Easter, which commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 27 Saturday Children's Day Observance

This day is dedicated to promote the rights and welfare of children and young people. Last Saturday of April in Colombia

April 29 Monday Day of Trees Observance

A holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. April 29th in Colombia.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

May 15 Wednesday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers.

June 3 Monday Ascension Day Public holiday

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter
In Colombia, as with other Christian holidays, Ascension Day is celebrated on the Monday after the actual date.

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

June 24 Monday Corpus Christi Public holiday

The Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist - known as transubstantiation.
In Colombia, as with other Christian holidays, Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Monday after the actual date.

July 1 Monday Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Public holiday

A liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul. When it does not fall on a Monday, it's observed the following Monday.

July 1 Monday Sacred Heart Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrated in 68 days after Easter Sunday

July 20 Saturday Declaration of Independence of Colombia Public holiday

Anniversary of the establishment of a Junta de Santa Fe

August 7 Wednesday Battle of Boyacá Public holiday

Anniversary of the Battle of Boyacá which is considered the beginning of the independence of the North of South America.

August 19 Monday Assumption of Mary Public holiday

In Christianity a religious account of the taking up of Mary into heaven. When it does not fall on a Monday, it's observed the following Monday.

October 14 Monday Columbus Day Public holiday

Celebrations honoring Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492.

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 4 Monday All Saints' Day Public holiday

In Colombia, the holiday is celebrated on the Monday on or after 1 November.

November 11 Monday Independence of Cartagena Public holiday

Anniversary of the Cartagena's declaration of independence from Spain in 1811. When the date (November 11th) does not fall on a Monday, it's observed the following Monday.

December 8 Sunday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observance

Christian holiday, conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin.

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

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