Costa Rican traditions - The Traveller


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Costa Rican traditions

Festivals and Holidays

In Costa Rica, parties are numerous, since the civil holidays, Costa Ricans add many religious festivals. In addition, there are certain festivals celebrated with a regional only in parts of the country.


- Day New Year's Day
- Holy Week, moveable feast, in March or April.
- Juan Santamaría Day on April 11.
- International Workers Day on May 1.
- Commemoration of the annexation of the region of Nicoya and Santa Cruz (now the province of Guanacaste) on July 25.
- Mother's Day and Assumption on August 15.
- Independence Day September 15.
- Christmas on December 25.

Major festivals

- January: Fiesta Patron (Alajuela); fiestas in Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz).
- February: Agricultural Fair (San Isidro de El General).
- March: Book Fair (San Jose); festival internacional Los Artes (San Jose).
- April: Feast of Juan Santamaría (Alajuela).
- May: parade of ox carts (Escazu and San Isidro de El General).
- July: Feast of Guanacaste (Liberia and Santa Cruz), Festival Internacional de Música (National).
- August: Festival Internacional de Música (National); feast of Our Lady of Los Angeles (Cartago, August 2).
- September (15): National Independence Day parades, festivals and celebrations of all kinds of fireworks.
- October (12): Carnival of Puerto Limon, Día de la Raza.
- November: Festival Internacional de Teatro (San Jose); Boyeros, entry into the holy city, parade of ox carts (San Jose, fourth Sunday in November).
- December: Fiesta de Los Negritos (Boruca, December 8) Immaculate Conception (national, Dec. 8): fireworks; fiesta of Yeguita (Nicoya, Dec. 12): processions, fireworks, concerts; Las Posadas (national, Dec. 15); fiestas end año (San Jose, December 26).

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