Parties in Costa Rica
Where to find- parties in Costa Rica carries a festive
atmosphere year round. The Caribbean lifestyle is conducive to
fun-in-the-sun living. There are several State recognized holidays
celebrated year round that create a party atmosphere. Other
occasions include carnivals, family get-togethers, produce fairs,
arts and crafts fairs, Valentine's Day and Halloween.
The parties below represent the ten State Recognized holidays:
• January 1 - New Year's Day
• April 11 - Juan Santamaría Day – he was a humble mulatto drummer
boy is saluted by all Costa Ricans for his bravery in repelling a
marauding U.S. citizen from Central American soil
• May 1 International Day of the Worker
• July 25 - Anexation of Guanacaste
• August 2 - Virgen of Los Angeles (Costa Rica's Patron)
• August 12 - Mother's Day
• September 15 - Independence Day - Guatemala actually proclaimed
independence for all of Central America on this day but Costa Rica
did not learn the news until a month later
• October 12 - Day of the Cultures (Columbus Day) this day was
chosen to celebrate Columbus discovery of the Americas
• December 25 - Christmas
• Easter - The week before Easter Sunday is an unofficial vacation
time. Much of the country shuts down. Thursday and Friday of this
week only essential services function; even many of the public bus
routes cease operation.
Christmas is an important holiday for Costa Rica just like other
countries. It is a time of festive parties and celebrations. The
traditional Christmas tree in Costa Rica is a big evergreen branch,
a small cypress tree, or dried coffee branches. The "tree" is
decorated with white paint and brightly colored strips of paper.
Lights and small colored balls, a variety of small figures and lace
are also used to adorn the greenery. A gold star is placed on top as
a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem.
Easter also is a time of celebration when families and friends
get together for parties and festivities. It is a time of
reflection, celebration and a renewal of spirit.
Poker parties have become an entertaining pastime for tourists.
Several event sites and tour packages contain information about
these parties. They are held all over Costa Rica depending on the
number of players.
Fishing parties are another entertainment available in Costa
Rica. Many of the fishing tours can be reserved for private parties.
So, whatever your party style there is always something waiting
for you in Costa Rica.
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