September 16, 2020
September 15, 2020 celebrated 199 years of Costa Rica’s independence. This was a joyous day across the country and for Costa Ricans all over the world, as this day symbolizes freedom, democracy and a culture of peace. This day is celebrated with several popular traditions, and this year was no exception. Here is a look at a few of these traditions and their important meaning to Costa Rica:
“Faroles” or lanterns are lit up on the eve of September 14th, the day before Independence Day as a symbol of freedom. This tradition dates back to the year 1821, when at 6pm Costa Rica’s Independence Act was signed, giving them autonomy. On this day many years ago, Costa Ricans lit lanterns and joined together to sign the National Anthem to celebrate. Since then, this has become a tradition that school children, families, government offices and homes across the country all observe. Beautiful and elaborate lanterns are often part of children’s homework the week working up to Independence Day, and these are usually boasted at parades that are held in each town. The night of the lanterns is a huge Costa Rican tradition and party. This year it was celebrated virtually.
The National Anthem and the Costa Rican Flag
The lyrics to Costa Rica’s National Anthem are always sung in the homes of Costa Ricans. The National Anthem is not a war song; rather, it tells the story of a democratic people, of farmers who have not experienced great conflicts and of a peaceful nation. The national flag faithfully expresses the life of Costa Rica, characterized by always seeking conciliation, as well as by the virtuous purpose that guides its destiny. Mini Costa Rican flags are proudly adorned in homes and in people’s car the weeks leading up to the holiday, and towns are all festively decorated with large flags on lamp posts and traffic lights. It’s a lovely sight to see!
Long Weekends to the Beach
No Independence Day in Costa Rica would be complete without a visit to the beach, and this year was no exception. In spite of Covid and its restrictions, families all loaded into their cars and took road trips to nearby beaches. Social distancing and remaining in bubbles was enforced, but this certainly didn’t take away from the fun of being gathered at the beach, having BBQ’s, playing soccer and soaking up the sunshine and fresh air. Our very own Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches were very busy this past weekend and we were thrilled to receive responsible visitors from all over the country!
All of us at Villa Perezoso have a great love for Costa Rica, and are proud to reside here and be able to share this wonderful piece of paradise with our guests. This is a country that promotes peace and honors family and relationships in a way that we should all take note. We look forward to sharing the beauty of Costa Rica and its wonderful people with you soon. We are happy to announce that the following US States are now allowed in to Costa Rica: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. Starting on October 1st, California residents will also be allowed to visit. Additional states will also be added at that time. If you would like to visit, please contact us, and we will be happy to help you plan your next visit…
Happy 199 years of independence, Costa Rica!