Costa Rican Holidays

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Costa Rican Holidays

Costa Ricans love to celebrate. Throughout the year there are numerous national holidays and festivals, and many provinces also have their own celebrations commemorating unique historical events or traditions.

Costa Rican CathedralOne of the biggest holidays in Costa Rica and around Latin America is Semana Santa, or holy week, which falls in late March or early April. From Thursday to Sunday, businesses shut down. The streets are full of processions, including music and biblical costumes, depicting the stages of Christ’s crucifiction and resurrection.

Many Costa Ricans take advantage of the time off to head to the beach, so you can expect crowds at popular shore-side destinations.

If you’re in Costa Rica in December, you’ll get to see Tico-style Christmas celebrations. Nativity scenes and carolers create the mood for the season. Apples and grapes abound on street stands and create a taste for the season. The New Year also goes out in a bang with lots of parties and fireworks.

April 11 is Juan Santamaría Day commemorating the hero who fought against William Walker in 1856. Alajuela, the hero’s birthplace, celebrates with parades, concerts and dances.

Independence Day is September 15. Kids get the day off of school and celebrate with parades, drums and, of course, singing the national anthem.



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