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Costa Rica Holidays 2009 & ACTIVITIES IN 2009

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    Agenda 2009 2009 January 1 New Year s Day* March 19 Saint Joseph s Day April 9 Holy Week Holy Thursday * April 10 Good Friday * April 11 Juan Santamaria Day*
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      Agenda 2009

      2009
      January 1 New Year's Day*
      March 19 Saint Joseph's Day
      April 9 Holy Week Holy Thursday *
      April 10 Good Friday *
      April 11 Juan Santamaria Day*
      April 12 Easter
      May 1 Labor Day*
      May University Week (held in San Pedro)
      June Father's Day ( the third Sunday)
      July 25 Annexation of Guanacaste Province*
      August 2 Virgin of Los Angeles Day
      August 15 Mother's Day*
      Septemner 9 Childrens Day
      September 15 Independence Day*
      October 12 Columbus Day - Discovery of America
      October 12 Limón Carnival
      October 31 Halloween
      November 2 Day of the Dead
      December 8 Immaculate Conception
      December 25 Christmas*
      December 26 the great Horse Parade – Paseo Colon, 2nd Avenue, San Jose
      December 25 to January 4.. Feria de Zapote. Town fair with rides,
      bull chases,food stands,concerts etc

      ***Asterisks indicate paid holidays and days off for workers.



      ACTIVITIES IN 2009

      January
      January 5 to 10 Copa del Café – junior tennis tournament. Costa Rica
      Country Club, San Rafael de Escazu (http://www.copacafe.com )
      FIESTAS DE PALMARES – a week filled with
      activities, tope, dances, concerts, bull chases, etc. It's the place
      to be, everyone goes there! Most visited activity in Costa Rica.
      Palmares http://fiestaspalmares.com/2009/
      Fiestas de Alajuelita: Week of Jan 15, honor Blach Christ of
      Esquipulas, Alajuelita's Patron Saint, with oxcart parade, procession
      to huge illuminated cross on the mountain.
      Fiestas de Santa Cruz: Week of Jan 15, honor Black Christ of
      Esquipulas with folk danceing, marimbas and more.

      February
      Cattle Exhibit: First week, San Isidro de El General, Livestock
      shows, agricultural and industrial fair, bull-teasing and more.
      Fiesta of the Diablos: South of San Isidro de El General in Boruca
      Indian village of Rey Curré. Recreation of the fight between Indians
      (diablitos) and the Spanish (a bull), in which colorful wooden mask
      and costumes create the scene. Sale of crafts, dances and fireworks.
      Sun festival: Annual gathering to promote the use of solar energy
      with exhibit of solar energy devices. Food cooked in solar ovens,
      fire ceremony to celebrate Maya New Year, Feb 25. Last week of the
      month.
      Puntarenas Carnival: Last week of the month. Fun in the sun.

      March
      Día del Boyero (Oxcart Drivers Day): Second Sunday of March, in San
      Antonio de Escazú. Colorful parade of oxcarts, blessing of animals
      and crops by local priests.
      International Arts Festival: Second week of March, in Central Valley.
      International theater, dance, concerts, exhibits.
      National Orchid Show: Over 1500 local and foreign species and hybrids
      on display in San José.
      Pilgrimage to Ujarrás: Mid-month. Religious procession from Cartago
      to ruins of Costa Rica's first church in Ujarrás.
      Day of San José: 19th, religious celebrations in all towns and
      neighborhoods with that name. Traditional day to visit Poás Volcano.
      Tierra Blanca: March 15. Farmer's Day
      San José: Cattle Show with bullfights, rodeo and horse races.
      San José: Book Fair

      April
      Holy Week: April 9/10. Dramatic processions depicting the
      crucifixion. San José virtually shuts down Thurs-Sun.
      Easter Sunday April 12
      Juan Santamaría Day: 11th, commemorates Costa Rica's national hero, a
      barefoot soldier who heroically died in the battle with William
      Walker's troops in 1856. Week long celebrations, bands parades,
      concerts, dances.
      University Week: Last week of April. University of Costa Rica.
      Concerts, exhibits, parades.

      May
      Labor Day: May 1. Marches. President gives annual "state of the
      nation" address. Congress elects new leaders. In Limón, people party
      with picnics, dances, dominoes.
      San Isidro Labrador's Day: 15th. All namesake towns honor this patron
      saint of farmers and farm animals with a blessing of animals and
      crops. Parades and fairs.
      Escazú, San Isidro: May 15. Oxcart parades.
      Carrera de San Juan: 17th.One of the biggest cross-country races,
      with runners covering a tough 22.5 km course.

      June
      Father's Day: Third Sunday.

      July
      Virgin of the Sea: Sat. Closest to July 16, in Puntarenas. Colorful
      regatta of decorated fishing boats and yachts in the Nicoya Gulf
      salute Puntarena's Patron Saint, the Virgin of Mt. Carmel. Masses,
      parades, concerts, dances, sports events, fireworks.
      Annexation of Guanacaste: 25th. Celebrates Guanacaste's decision to
      join Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua in 1824. Fiestas in Liberia,
      folk dances, parades, cattle shows, bull teasing, concerts.
      Mango Festival: Alajuela. Parades, music and craft fairs.

      August
      Virgin of Los Angeles: 2nd. Honors Costa Rica's Patron Saint. La
      Negrita, with nationwide pilgrimage to the Basilica in Cartago.
      Mother's Day: 15th. Flowers, candy, special meals for moms.
      San Ramón's Day: 30th. Neighborhood processions carry 30 saints from
      neighboring towns to the San Ramón church. "Saint Ramón" goes dancing
      through the streets. Parades, fun.
      Semana Cultural Afrocostarricense: International Afro-Costa Rican
      celebration, lectures, discussions, culture exhibits.

      September
      Independence Day: 15th. Gigantic relay race encompasses the entire
      Central America isthmus. Student runners carry the "Freedom Torch"
      from Guatemala to Costa Rica. The torch arrives at the colonial
      capital of Cartago precisely at 6:00 pm on 14th, and everyone,
      nationwide, sings the National Anthem. Kids have nocturnal homemade-
      lantern parades. Uniformed school children parade the next day.

      October
      San Isidro de El General: 9th. Celebration of the city's founding.
      Limón Carnival: Week-long street dances, parades, concerts.
      It's "Mardi Gras" to a Caribbean beat.
      Virgen del Pilar's Day: 12th. Fair in San José district of Tres Ríos
      celebrating their Patron Saint.
      Fiesta del Maíz: 12th in Upala. Corn is hailed with parade and
      costumes made entirely of corn husk, grains, silks.
      National Artisan Fair: Dates change. Organized by the Culture
      Ministry and the San José Municipality, the fair displays some of the
      country's finest craftsmanship. Smaller fairs are infrequently
      organized in other parts of the country.

      November
      All Soul's Day: 2nd. "Day of the Dead" is observed with family visits
      to cemetery remember loved ones.
      Coffee picking contest: Music and dancing.

      December
      Lights Festival: Parades, concerts, fireworks at night, San José is
      dressed up with lights in early December through the year end.
      Fiesta de los Negritos: Week of the 8th in the Indian village of
      Boruca. Ancient Indian rituals combine with Catholicism to honor
      Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with costumes, drum and flute
      music, dance.
      Fiesta de la Yeguita (Little Mare): Week of December 12 in Nicoya,
      blends ancient Indian ritual in honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe with
      processions, concerts, fireworks, special foods.
      Christmas: Homes and businesses set up Nativity scenes. Competition
      for best scene runs through the 22th. season's foods include coconut
      melcochas (candy), chichi (corn liquor), tamales, rompope (eggnog),
      imported apples and grapes. Las Posadas begin December 15, carolers
      go from house to house and are treated to refreshments. At midnight
      December 24, Catholic churches celebrate the Misa del Gallo (midnight
      mass).
      Festejos Populares: (Year-End Festival). 25-31, in south San José
      fairgrounds at Zapote. Amusement park with rides, food, bullteasing,
      music, fireworks. The country's biggest! (Was greatly reduced this
      past year when the Bull Ring was condemned.)
      also at La Guacima in Alajuela (Year-End Festival).town fair with
      rides, food stands,concerts etc
      Tope: 26th, a horse parade to end all horse parades in downtown San
      José.
      Fiesta de los Diablitos: December 31 - January 2, Indians of the
      southern, Bruca region enact a fight/dance between the Indians
      (diablitos) and Spaniards (bulls) amid flute and drum music.



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      Prospero y un saludable 2009 ...Happy holidays ... . A healthy and
      prosperous 2009

      From all of us ..de todos nosotros

      Daniel
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