Costa Rica has celebrated its Independence Day on the 15th of September since 1821. This date commemorates the day when Central America was finally free of Spanish rule. While it took a month for the information to reach the leader of Costa Rica by horseback, they then wasted no time in drafting their own Constitution and celebrating their newly-gained independence. In fact, they celebrated with their first elections as free people in December of that very same year! Today, Independence Day is a national holiday.
A Grand National Celebration
Independence Day is celebrated with much fanfare and merriment. First the National Flag is hoisted high to the cheers of those watching this early celebration. The rest of the day is full of various patriotic parades, with dancers, musicians and other entertainers all finely bedecked in the colors of the flag, streamers, and flowers. Students give musical and theatrical performances, open to the public, that celebrate the events that led up to independence and the expansion of civil rights that followed through the 1880s. Finally, talented singers and musicians will perform the National Anthem to applause. Each town will have its own performers and its own celebration, with the largest celebration taking place in the capital city of San Jose.
Food and Fun
Families go out for delicious Costa Rican fair food. Stands sell arroz con pollo, tamales, black beans and rice, fried plantains, fried yucca, delicious coconut flan and sweet tres leches. There are traditional dancers and players of Costa Rican music. This is truly a holiday that everyone enjoys.
If you happen to be staying with us at Manuel Antonio beach rentals during Independence Day, we will be happy to help you learn about where and when the festivities are taking place in town.
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