Costa Rica Holidays 2009 & ACTIVITIES IN 2009
- Agenda 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 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.
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.
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
Puntarenas Carnival: Last week of the month. Fun in the sun.
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
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,
University Week: Last week of April. University of Costa Rica.
Concerts, exhibits, parades.
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.
Father's Day: Third Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
From all of us ..de todos nosotros