Corn Islands' historical dates and holidays

Relevant dates in Corn Islands' history, including holidays, festivities and memorable events


1 January: New Year's Day (local and national holiday)


6 January: Old Christmas 


6 January: Closing of Masquerade celebrations


9 February: Corn Islands Birthday


14 February: Lovers' Day


Good Friday: Commemoration of the passion of Christ (celebrated by most churches, especially Catholic, Baptist and Anglican)


Holy Saturday: Judas Night


Easter Sunday: Also known as Sunrise Sunday. On this day, locals visit their deceased and a mass or service is held in the cemetery


Easter Monday: Corn Island Picnic Day 


1 April: Tom Fool's Day


8 April: Foundation of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church (1958)


1 May: Opening of Maypole celebrations


1 May: Foundation of Saint James Episcopal Church (1901)


30 May: Mother's Day (local and national holiday)


31 May: Closing of Maypole celebrations


1 June: Children's Day (worldwide) 


23 June: Father's Day (national)


29 June: Teacher's Day (national)


16 July: Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea, patron saint of the Corn Islands Catholic community (celebrated since 1958)


26 July: Grandparent's Day (national)


25 August: Foundation of Ebenezer Baptist Church and School (1852)


27 August: Emancipation Day (local holiday)


28 August: Miss Corn Island election night


29 August: Cross Over, Little Corn Island


18 September: The day Christopher Columbus spotted the Corn Islands in 1502 and called them Islas Limonares


Last Sunday of September: Bible Day (in the whole country)


8 - 9 October: Anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Julia in 2022


13 October: Anniversary of the declaration of Great Corn Island, Little Corn Island, and Blowing Rock as Protected Areas


16 October: Anniversary of the declaration of Corn Island as a National Tourist Heritage


21 October: Anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Joan in 1988


30 October: Autonomy Day of the Caribbean Coast (local and regional holiday)


1 December: Beginning of the Christmas Carol season 


7 December: Gritería (held by the Catholic Church)


8 December: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (celebrated by the Catholic and Anglican Church)


15 December: Beginning of Masquerade celebrations


23 December: Christmas concert and Closing of Christmas Carol


24 December: Christmas Eve


25 December: Christmas Day (local and national holiday)


31 December: Watchnight (New Year's Eve)


Click here to check out the Corn Islands' local holidays calendar.

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