Wednesday is the celebration of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya a Costa Rica.
This is a paid holiday in Costa Rica, according to the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social. Employees who work are supposed to be paid double.
President Laura Chinchilla already is in Guanacaste with ministers and vice presidents. The formal meeting will be in Santa Cruz Wednesday with a fiesta to follow in Nicoya.
But Central Valley residents do not have to go to Guanacaste to celebrate. This is a big holiday because by gaining the Guanacaste territory 188 years ago, the country also captured the culture, which is similar to the cowboy traditions of the U.S. West.
So the holiday is celebrated here with folk dances, traditional
hats and food. A lot of private clubs have scheduled celebrations, and some of the downtown casinos already are decked out in Guanacaste gear. The notes of the marimba soon will be heard.
The Museo Nacional has scheduled its celebration for Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. A Guanacaste musical group has been invited, and typical food will be available.
There also will be presentations of Guanacaste bombas, similar to epigrams and generally humorous. The Banda de Conciertos de San José also is scheduled to be there. The Ballet Folclórico Iriria also is on the agenda.
Bombas always are introduced with the word “Bomba!” They usually are four-line refrains with a final punchline but the form is flexible.
The transport ministry has suspended downtown license plate restrictions for the day.