|Costa Rica pride during the parade|
September 15th marks Independence Day here in Costa Rica and throughout most of Central America. This day marks the time in 1821 when Costa Rica gained its independence from Spain. They never actually fought for their independence as they were located quite a distance from the capital in Guatemala but it was a victory none the less. This is a country that has used that independence for good, a democratic society that cares more for its people then about colonizing the area. They abolished their army and have universal healthcare that really works for its people. It has been a pleasure living here and learning about their way of life.
The festivities begin the evening before as children come out in beautiful traditional outfits to walk the streets with their faroles, home made lanterns, to replicate the scene in 1821 when the people walked with lanterns, throughout Central America, to spread the word of independence from Spain. This year it was a ceremony of traditional dance and the singing of national songs.
|Wildman enjoying his own farole|
|Beginning of the parade|
|Grade school dancers|
|Beautiful traditional dancers from the high school|
|Young traditional dancers|
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