This year due to the pandemic, all mass public events were canceled. - Ministry of Education photos -

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Independence Day celebration
virtually this year

By the A.M. Costa  Rica staff

September 15 marks 199 years since Guatemala City hosted a congress of criollos in 1821 enacted the Act of Independence of Central America. From that moment on, Costa Rica is no longer under the rule of Spain and forms part of the Federation of Central America.

Traditionally each year in honor of Independence Day, in Costa Rica people start on the eve with light parades (so-called faroles), then on the historical day there are school parades, dances, community festivals, fireworks in almost all communities and public events organized by the government authorities.

However, this year due to the pandemic, all mass public events were canceled.

The Ministry of Culture announced that this year, the Independence Day celebration activities will be streaming on Facebook.

Among the activities planned for broadcast are the concerts of the municipal bands, which will perform patriotic music.

The presentations will begin on September 14 and 15 and available to the public via the Facebook page of the  the Ministry of Culture.

“Despite the health situation that the country is experiencing, and the world, we do not want to miss the opportunity to celebrate our country, as we have done through so many years on this date as a priority for Costa Rica, as our Independence is," said José Manuel Aguilar Sáenz, Bands general director.

On Monday, Sept. 14, the concerts will begin at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the concerts will be broadcasted starting at 9 a.m.

AM Costa Rica will be publishing more information on virtual activities in celebration of independence as the ministry continues providing the information.


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