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Culture

New Year’s Celebration in Costa Rica

Each country has its different traditions to celebrate the New Year’s coming, and, in this case, Costa Rica has them and enjoys them. 
 
Normally, the families in our country are joining to wait for the New Year together, or they can join with close friends. Generally, there is a formal dinner before 12 midnight or exactly at that time. 
 
Some traditional dishes are pork haunch, or pork ham cooked in the oven, pork rind and cassava, rice with almonds, rice with chicken, potato salad with apple, or well the “tico tamales” (corn dough mixture with other ingredients) depending on the preference, it can be with pork, chicken, or only with vegetables. Some people drink the traditional national beers, or the people can toast during the dinner with a common wine or sparkling wine that they prefer. The desserts’ variety is always present in the table, having only one dessert is not normal, there can be three or more sweet dishes to be shared.  
 
It is common in many homes that, when the New Year is arriving, the families use in their neighborhoods or gardens easy managing fireworks. In the same way, in some places, the karaoke and music are tradition in this date with the external lights of the houses and those lights of the manger (Spanish “pesebre”, also known as “pasito” in Costa Rica). In many houses, the hours, the minutes, and seconds are taken off before the New Year listening to the famous radio program called “Radio Reloj” (Clock Radio). The same one offers typical songs regarding the year’s ending. Other people also watch the bullfights on TV, these ones are carried on at the famous Zapote’s bullring.   
 
When the midnight arrives and the New Year is received, many people say a prayer taking their hands, according to their religion. They can also embrace them and kiss among them. 
 
Many of them also cry about things they lost, but, they are also getting full of enthusiasm and fortitude for all the new things that are coming and that must be received. 
 
The next day, on January, 1st, it is a tradition that many families go to travel around shortly, like making a picnic in a park or in an area that is available for this, because the distances are short to get to those places. 
 
In this travel of familiar picnic, many people visit the zones where there is a lilac-colored-flower called “Santa Lucía.” They keep it in their wallets or change purses because it symbolizes enough money for the entire year. Some people also take profit of the beautiful landscapes where this lilac-colored-flower is found to take personal pictures that will be posted on their social networks in the year beginning. Other people, pick up a good number of these flowers to share it later with other relatives. 
 
In the same way, using new underwear, specially yellow underwear, is pleasant for many people to be lucky. Many parents buy a yellow underwear garment to wear it for the first time. 
Happy New Year 2021 from Costa Rica, full of Health and Prosperity! 
 
 
*The Picnic is a family custom in some homes to celebrate the New Year.
 

"Jocotes" in Costa Rica


This is a fruit with seed that is liked a lot and it is different in our country due to the fact that it is very juicy while eating it. It is known as a seasonal fruit because it is from June to August when you can get it in its best version. 
 
The most known ones are called “Tronadores” (Booming) or “Corona” (Crown). It is curious, but each one has a different taste while one is eating it due to its ripening phase. A lot of people eat them with salt, or, on the other hand, people prepare them in a kind of sweet syrup dessert.
 
Most of these delicious “jocotes” come from the Aserrí-San José Zone. From there, they are taken to the big vegetable and fruit markets of the country. This fruit has many nutrients, among them the Vitamin “C” to avoid the Flu. It is normal to get them in one-kilo-bags with 32 “jocotes”, it would seem at the moment a lot to eat, but, when you start eating them, you would not stop due to their juice and the sensation that they produce to your palate. This is a fruit to taste in Costa Rica!!!
 
 
 
Photo by:  Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Great Sculptures Exhibition

 
 
• The works are located in San José’s main avenues.
 
• This exhibition has been declared of touristic and cultural interest by the Costa Rican government.
 
 
It is possible that when you are in Costa Rica, you would want to visit San José City, in San José Province. Here, there are a lot of restaurants, historical parks, museums, the government’s main offices, and the famous Central Market.

But now, we tell you a great news, because currently, downtown San José is awarded with an important exhibition called “The Sphere’s Strength and Universality,” made up by 27 monumental sculptures of the Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez Deredia. These ones are made of marble and bronze.

These works’ inspiration lies in the origins of the pre-Columbian Culture called “Boruca” whose civilization used stone spheres with astronomical, social, and artistic purposes. 

For the artist, the universality of the sphere means union and continuity, contrasting other cultures like the Inca and the Aztec that build pyramids. The most predominant sculpture is one made of marble that weighs 40 tonnes called “Costa Rica’s Genesis.” Its main objective, as the sculptor has commented, is to awake the interest and to call the attention within the globalizing process that we are living.  

Other works with other formats are being completed with activities of the Museo del Oro del Banco Central (Central Bank Gold Museum) and the Museo de Jade (Jade’s Museum) in San José. Of course, these works have the honor of being admired and photographed while taking an entertained walk during your visit to Costa Rica, mainly in these times that the weather is warm, in full summer. 
 

Photo by:  Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica

 

 

 

Costa Rica is Promoting "For a World Clean as Glass"

 

How many times I have drunk a glass of wine, but, I asked myself for the first time: Why the good wine is not bottled in a plastic bottle? I also asked myself why is not the same to drink wine in a glass of glass than in a plastic one? I think that its taste and enjoyment would be very different.

 

The glass has been the human being’s friend during 7.000 years in his different practices for a healthy and an environmental purpose. This is due to the fact that the glass is the only 100% recyclable container for infinite number of times, it is returnable, it has a lower CO2 presence, it reduces pollution and the raw materials’ exploitation, it does not spoil the food that is on it. In addition, it has exclusive characteristics like purity, impenetrability, versatility, transparency, and beauty. 

 

The Central American Glass Manufacturer (VICAL, its acronyms in Spanish) is located in our country, with a plant in Cartago. This glass manufacturer is planning for this season its 4th edition of its campaign “For a World Clean as Glass”. 85.000 metric tons of glass have been made approximately with this initiative in the country. 

 

This “Eco Logical” concept’s purpose is to make each user to ask himself/herself about the product’s contents, but also about in which material is this product bottled? Part of this campaign is that when a glass container is returned, this one is exhaustively washed to be used again. It is calculated that a glass bottle can be used again from 40 to 60 times. This reduces by 20% the air’s pollution and by 50% of the atmosphere’s pollution, compared to the traditional production.

Therefore, our Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica is animatedly inviting you to participate in this movement for a clean planet and a better future!! More information www.grupovical.com

 

Photo by:  Grupo Vical Costa Rica 

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