Happy 197th!

September 15, Independence Day is a big deal in Costa Rica. So big in fact the entire month of September is dedicated to independence.

During the “Mes de la Patria”, red and white flags, banners and decorations are everywhere.
 
Here are things to know about Costa Rica’s Independence Day.

This year is the 197th year of independence from Spain.
Costa Rica shares independence day with Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Though September 15 is the agreed upon date of independence for Costa Rica, the news of independence declared in Central America did not arrive in Cartago – the capital of Costa Rica – until October 13 (1821).
There was no war or fight for independence.
September 15 is a statutory holiday and celebrated on the day it falls. No long weekend

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