Country prepared to dress itself in patriotic colors for September

September is considered the patriotic month because the Día de la Independencia falls on Sept. 15. This year that is a Saturday. Many Costa Ricans will have a long weekend because the day will be marked on the previous Friday.

Traditionally, public and private buildings put on patriotic colors this month. Bunting with the national colors will be draped on structures in the judicial complex, and even many homes will sport at least a Costa Rican flag.

The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A. said Tuesday that workers soon would begin hanging flags on utility polls on the Autopista General Cañas.

This is the nation’s 191st independence day.

The workers will be on the highway with trucks and a crane to do the work, so the electric company urges caution by drivers.
For U.S. citizens Monday is Labor Day, the traditional end of summer. This also causes a three-day weekend in the United States. The U.S. Embassy here will be closed Monday and Sept. 14. The Día de la Independencia is a legal holiday in Costa Rica.

For tourism operators, Labor Day in the United States has another meaning. It is the time that residents there begin looking for a warm place to wait out the northern snows, ice and cold winds. For tourism the high season already has started, or at least the high season in making reservations and collecting deposits.

There has been some effort by historians to change the date that Costa Ricans celebrate their independence. Since 1838, the day has been Sept. 15. But that was the date that independence was declared from the Spanish crown in Guatemala. There was a time lapse before the news reached the backwater of Costa Rica.

Some are suggesting Oct. 29, the date Costa Rican lawmakers ratified the independence in 1821.

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