Foreigners here display the best of their cultures

A Chilean group in native costumes joined with Arabian and Gypsy dancers as well as a Russian singer. A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson

In Guatemalan villages, people still can be seen wearing traditional dress. Native Lidia Pérez was one such person and spent her days in her home country weaving all the things needed for personal life.

Eight years ago, she left her place of birth and moved to Costa Rica. Here she learned that she could not just make her own clothes but share her style with others.

Today Ms. Pérez has a business in her Atenas home where she sells handmade jewelry, clothes, bags and tapestry in the technique of her country. Depending on the complexity, some of the items take up to two months to make. Yet, it’s a joy to give a piece of her culture to others, she said.

A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson
Ms. Perez at her loom

Ms. Pérez is one of the many people that came together for Dia de las Culturas festival Sunday. Culture day is Oct. 12 in Costa Rica. The day was designed to recognize the different races and cultural influences in the country.

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería held an event in their facility Friday, while the Minesterio de Cultura y Juventud hosted another Sunday.

People from Russia, China, Nicaragua, Chile, Korea, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic maintained booths in the two locations.

They also shared samples of foods from their cultures and gave presentations of special dance.

Each person commented on how important it is to have a cultural voice and by sharing different lifestyles, everyone can understand and learn to appreciate each other.

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