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    Posted September 9, 2013 by
    Tibás, San José, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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    Central American Independence Day

    Independence Day in Costa Rica


    In Costa Rica we proudly celebrate our independence throughout the september month so we call september: the homeland's month.
    We are proud to be a country with no army, but we say that our army are our children in schools and highschools.
    On September 14 we celebrate the announcement of independence with the fire of the torch of freedom, being six in the evening thru all the nation we sang the national hymn. The night of the 14th, called night of lanterns, kids with balloons, lanterns decorated with the patriotic colors, lights and fireworks are reunited with their parents in the streets or parks to listen and enjoy folk music and dances.
    At five in the morning on the 15th, the town musicians ( cimarrona ), in the drawer of a truck, run through neighborhoods announcing: "we are free, we are a country of peace!
    The pre-kindergarten children, schools and highschools, wear their best uniforms and folk costumes to walk the streets singing and dancing. They are protected by fire departments in its impressive trucks, as well as traffic police from around the country.
    Civic events are held throughout the length and breadth of the nation where they sing the national hymn of Costa Rica, the patriotic salute to the flag, as well as hundreds of folk songs of our folklore .
    Adults do not we fall behind in these days of celebration, and as we love football, we can not avoid use our national team shirt, the red, we say!, representing our country. In the parades we can see masquerades, oxcarts, cheerleaders, musicians, floats, kids ... children in peace!
    We always keep in mind the colors of our flag: white, blue and red. Blue of the heaven of our land blessed with many vegetation and seas; red for the blood shed in the past from all those heroes who gave their lives so that Costa Rica never have to shed a drop of blood to escape oppression or slavery, and white, that wonderful white, symbolizing peace. Peace we enjoy with family, our children and loved ones. We will continue to defend our peace with no weapons, not by force, but with reason, with the dialogue, and understanding.


    Long live independence, long live Central America , and long live Costa Rica!

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