Today is a day for mothers and a big holiday in Costa Rica

Today is mother’s day in Costa Rica. El Día de la Madre is a major holiday because mothers are held in such reverence in Latin America.

The day also is one when mothers will be receiving gifts. The shopping was so intense that police issued guidelines so persons seeking presents would not be victims of criminals.

Today also is the Catholic Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which commemorates the tradition that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken body and soul into Heaven without experiencing death.

Consequently the day not only has a family theme but also one that is religious.

Restaurants do a big business on el Día de la Madre, and government offices and many stores are closed. Embassies also are closed.

In the United States mothers are feted on the second Sunday of May.

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