September 15th is a special time for Ticos and Central America. What for, you ask? Well, this date marks the anniversary of the country’s independence, a very important period in its wonderful history. Dancing, school activities, and splendid food is enjoyed as a way of honoring the country’s most authentic patriotic traditions.
Even though it is a very fun and uniting time of the year, Costa Rica’s independence from Spain back in 1821 was not a simple affair, as a matter of fact, it was really until 1838 that Costa Rica became truly independent and that was when it parted ways with the Federation Republic of Central America. Despite this, Costa Rican citizens still celebrate September 15th and recognize the significance of Central America’s victory. One of the most important traditions that unites these countries is in fact the Torch Run, starting September 9th in Guatemala, where the Freedom Torch is carried throughout and arrives in Costa Rica to culminate the September 15th Independence Day celebrations.
Parades around the Costa Rican territory are a must, specifically those performed by regional school students. Be it dance or raising the flag routines, the streets are filled with people, especially when it’s time to sing the beautiful national anthem (at precisely 6:00 pm). Of course, there are tons of traditional foods available, ranging from ‘Gallo Pinto’ to ‘Fried Yuca and Plantain’ or if you’re feeling something sweet, ‘Arroz con Leche’ or Rice Pudding.
All these celebrations are widely available and free to the public, so if you are planning a visit to Costa Rica, follow the beat of the drums and lyres on September 15th and come enjoy the Folkloric shows, typical dancing and music that best represent Costa Rica’s values and traditions.
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– Properties in Costa Rica.