Costa Rica News – Costa Rica has many holidays, each of which celebrates a part of the country’s cultural heritage. One of the most famous of these is Guanacaste Day, celebrated on July 25th as a way to remember the inclusion of the Guanacaste province. In 1824 Guanacaste left Nicaragua and became part of Costa Rica. Today, the whole country has off from work in remembrance.
The annexation of Guanacaste demonstrates the value Guanacaste’s people have of democracy. They actually asked to become part of Costa Rica instead of remaining in the war torn Nicaragua. Their choice being honored exemplifies democracy at it’s best.
This is celebrated with parties, folkloric dance, bullfights, cattle parades, and musical shows. The activities represent ideals and values of the Guanacaste culture. Decorative and performing arts are included in the celebrations. Many schools have parades where the children dance or dress up.
Carne asada and tamales are eaten during the day and people look forward to concerts and fireworks at night. The day is celebrated throughout the country, not only in Guanacaste, with the sound of the national instrument, the marimba. It is considered a duty to celebrate this holiday in order to not forget this important moment in history. All banks, museums, and government offices are closed on this important day.