*Commemorating the 196 years of the independence of our country.
September 15th is a very celebrated day in our country, because it is the Costa Rican Independence Day. It is the reason of a lot of people to go to the streets to celebrate the primary and high schools’ special parades. Those ones are competing with their clothing and their musical bands in the different country’s provinces. They also enjoy the folk dances’ demonstrations.
Generally, these striking parades are carried on during the morning, taking advantage of the September’s sunny mornings. These bands that participate on September, 15th, have generally practiced during the entire year to share their best presentation on that day.
It is normal to receive traditional food and drinks some days before September 15th when you visit some places like banks and other public service centers. In the same way, one can see houses, high schools, primary schools, and public or private institutions decorated with the flag’s colors blue, white, and red. In this way, we can see the cars that are taking the Costa Rican Flag.
In the same way, one day before, on September 14th, at 6 p.m., the people go to the “lanterns’ parade” where a lot of schoolboys and schoolgirls practice their creativity with the paper and the light. They also intone the Costa Rican National Anthem.
As an interesting data: Costa Rica became independent from Spain on September 15th, 1821. Before being independent, Costa Rica was Spanish Territory and Guatemala was a Regional Government Center. On September, 1821, Guatemala became independent from Spain and, at the same time, it declared the Costa Rica’s Independence.
Long live Costa Rica!!