The project was done by Iluminaciones Cavica with the support of Banco de Costa Rica, the municipality and the local Comité de Cultura.
Nicoya is the principal place where today’s national holiday is celebrated, and it is there where political leaders agreed in 1824 that the Nicoya peninsula and what is today Guanacaste would become part of Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua.
There is a fiesta, the VI Festival Nacional Cultural de la Anexión, that continues there today, but the lights were inaugurated earlier in the month. Some carry the slogan De la Patria por Nuestra Voluntad, meaning “Of the country by our own will.”
President Laura Chinchilla will be visiting Nicoya today.
Public offices and some private firms will be closed to honor the holiday.
A.,M. Costa Rica’s office is closed, but the newspaper is being published today and also Thursday. Local schools have holiday activities.