The democratic nation of Costa Rica is situated in Central America, with the Pacific Ocean towards its west and the Caribbean Sea at the east. With a high rate of human development and rapid progress in economy, this country is also known to be the greenest in the world. Though devotedly Catholic, one finds an amalgam of all festivals from around the globe. It’s almost as if every day the people commemorate a patron saint!
The year begins with the hustle bustle of passengers at the various airports situated around the country. Flights to Costa Rica are jam-packed throughout the year and it’s safe to say that this tourist destination is always at its peak.
The wild New Year Party has its venue at the San Jose’s Park Central. Party-enthusiasts keep the city awake from dusk to dawn, giving a refreshing start.
The Palmares Fiesta highlights bull-fighting in a traditional way, with no bloodshed. Accompanying the fights are the folk dancing affairs and fun games for the kids. The night events include carnival treats such as fireworks and tasty food.
In mid-February, the Festival of the Little Devils is an attraction. This celebration involves the re-enactment of the war between Spanish Troops, called the Toro and the Boruco Indians, who are referred to as the little devils. The event takes place at Rey Curre, where one enjoys many traditional stalls and is mesmerized by the fireworks display. An interesting feature at this carnival is the Baruka mask which is hand-carved in the finest way.
The ox-cart parade of San Antonio, called Day of the Boyeros takes place on the second Sunday of March. Well decorated ox-carts which are handmade, parade down the city streets. This fiesta dazzles the city with people dressed in traditional attires, regional dancers performing along the carts and mouth-watering eateries.
Semanta Santa, the biggest holy festival of the country attracts packed out flights from across the globe to indulge in this festivity, so it’s best to make arrangements of cheap tickets to Costa Rica’s week-long celebration including Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. The interesting feature of this event is, no modes of public transport are available from Thursday to Friday neither is liquor consumed.
September is the month of Costa Rica’s Independence. On a national scale, celebrations proceed in various forms. The cities have beautiful parades and carnivals to mark the joy of liberty, the people are involved in their traditional dances, tale from the historic times are recited to young ones and families over the bon fire. In Cartigo, the Freedom Torch holds its significance. After its arrival, people come up together and sing the national anthem.
The bullfights are a major attraction and to see just this, and various companies promote exclusive packages including cheap flight deals to make the trip even more luring! The championships take place all through the year, even in the winter months of November and December, and just in case you miss one event, there’s always another equally awesome one.