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Dominican Holidays 2016 and a little of our history

Every new year we dig up our calendars to verify the day in which those little highlighted numbers will be on. These signifying the Dominican Holidays, and most of us schedule our weeks and months around them, either to visit family members, go on vacation, to church or simply, just rest.

These dates embody our culture, reflect our beliefs, and in many cases, our struggles as a nation and the immense progress we’ve made. We, Dominicans are a mixtures of cultures, and by nature we manifest our festive spirit in different ways. How many times have we participated in the various celebrations that take place throughout the year not having a clear understanding or knowledge of what they signify? Or the history of how they came to be?

Below we’ve put together a list of these special days, and as per Law 139-97 dated June 19th, 1997, they are to be moved to the following Monday if they fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Yet, if they are a religious holiday they are not moved.

  • Virgen de la Altagracia – Thursday January 21st
  • Juan Pablo Duarte – Tuesday January 26th (moved to Mon. Jan. 25th)
  • Independence Day – Saturday February 27th
  • Easter/Good Friday  –  Friday March 25th
  • Labor Day – Sunday May 1st (moved to Mon. May 2nd.)
  • Corpus Christi – Thursday, May 26th
  • Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 29th
  • Father’s Day – Sunday, July 24th
  • Restoration Day – Tuesday, August 16th
  • Mercedes Day – Saturday, September 24th
  • Constitution Day– Sunday, November 6th
  • Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25th

Read the full description of the holiday on Casa de Campo Living

Jan 21, 2016

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