Mother's Day in Costa Rica Date in the current year: August 15, 2016

Mother's Day in Costa Rica Mother's Day is celebrated in many countries, but its date varies from country to country. For example, Mother's Day in Costa Rica is celebrated on August 15, coinciding with the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Costa Rica is a predominantly Catholic country, where tradition and family ties are valued greatly. No wonder the Feast of the Assumption and Mother's Day (Dia de la Madre) have merged into one holiday here. This is a special day for honoring mothers, celebrating motherhood, and recognizing the role of mother in the household and society.

As the Assumption/Mother's Day is a public holiday in Costa Rica, government offices, educational institutions, banks, and most businesses are closed for the day. Most families try to have as much quality time together as possible. They can go to the beach, have a family dinner, etc. On this day, mothers are presented with gifts (such as sweet treats) and flowers. However, some Costa Ricans lament the fact that the holiday has become too commercialized.

A few years ago, there was an attempt to move the celebration of Mother's Day on the Monday following the Assumption. However, it failed, as Costa Ricans congratulated mothers on both days. The holiday was eventually moved back to its original date.

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