Nicaragua Holidays

The Holidays in Nicaragua They are officially 9. However, each year this number usually varies because the Nicaraguan government provides a couple of extra days, as the case may be. For example, when a holiday in Nicaragua falls on a Saturday or Sunday, Monday is usually given as a day off. Another case is, as we have seen in the last two years, where the government has reported the extension of 2 additional days off at the culmination of the national holidays to promote domestic tourism.
In the annual calendar there are some dates that are considered commemorative, for civic or religious reasons, these are the current holidays in Nicaragua. During those days, workers enjoy paid holidays, according to the law.

Official List of Nicaragua Holidays

The following are the holidays celebrated in Nicaragua.

#1. January 1st

#2. Maundy Thursday

#3. Good Friday

#4. Holy Saturday

#5. Nicaragua's Labor Day. May 1st

#6. Mother's Day. May 30th

#7. Sandinista Revolution Day. July 19th

#8. San Jacinto's Battle. September 14th

#9. Independence Day. September 15th

#10. September 16th and 17th. Usually the government gives two days as free.

#11. Day of the dead. November 2nd

#12. Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary | La Purisima. December 8th

#13. Christmas. December 25th

Apart from these holidays, where you do not work, during the year there are other holidays that depend on the place where you work. For example, if your company is located in Managua, you will have to add 2 additional holidays, which are August 1st and 10th due to the celebration of the patron saint's day in Managua. Another similar example happens on August 15th in many municipalities of the country that have as their patron saint Our Lady of the Assumption.

There are other dates where only half days are worked. Examples of these are December 24th and 31st, some days during Easter week, local holidays, etc.


How is holiday pay done in Nicaragua?

There are cases in which, for compelling reasons, you may be asked to work a day off.

For these cases, of course, the payment you receive has a special remuneration. Let's see what the Law says:

"Article 62. Overtime hours and those worked by the worker on his day of rest or compensatory time for any reason, shall be paid one hundred percent more than that stipulated for the respective normal working day".

"If any national holiday coincides with the seventh day, it shall be compensated, and the worker who works shall be remunerated as an extraordinary day of work".

This means that work on a day off is paid double and you must also be given another day off in compensation.


Can I be forced to work on Nicaragua Holidays?

According to the law, you are not required to do extraordinary work, unless the following exceptions apply:

  • Prevent or eliminate the consequences of catastrophes or accidents that damage production.
  • Urgent repair when the health or life of persons is endangered.
  • Urgent restoration of public services or repairs due to disasters.
  • Intense seasonal work, when it is impossible to increase the number of workers.
  • Those that cannot be interrupted due to the needs they cover or for technical reasons, such as pharmacies on duty and recreational establishments. Or works that, if stopped, would cause damage to the public interest.
  • Works that can only be executed on specific occasions.
  • Work that responds to daily and essential food needs.


Some recommendations

 Holidays are always the ideal time to rest or leave work and routine aside. To do so, you can plan a visit to one of the many tourist places in Nicaragua or visit some beaches near you. 

The best recommendation is to plan ahead to get the best out of your free days.


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