Two events planned to celebrate the Encuentro de Culturas

The Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Nicaraguan, Russian and Bolivian embassies along with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social will join together today at the immigration agency to share their various cultures with the public.

The event, “Feria de Encuentro de Culturas,” is sponsored by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería and is a way to celebrate the national holiday Dia de las Culturas.

Each participatory group will provide artistic and cultural presentations with information and taste testing of food typical to their regions, the immigration agency said. “Feria de Encuentro de Culturas” will begin at 8:15 a.m. today and end at 2 p.m at the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería in La Uruca.

Also in conjunction of the holiday, the culture ministry will sponsor a cultural festival Sunday as a tribute to immigrants.

The festival, “Homenaje a los migrantes,” has a full schedule of events that start with a free yoga class by Downtown Yoga Costa Rica and continues with Tai Chi, Arabic dance, Chinese dance and capeoeira dance demonstrations.
To coincide with the performances, Nicaraguan, Chilean, Salvadoran and Costa Rican food and crafts will be available for sale.

Participants will be able to draw a symbol representative of their country on a clay model and put a saying on a wall that will later be on display.

Furthermore, there will be a wall sayings to be built with each of the contributions of people who visit the Centro Nacional de la Cultura.

Closing the festival will be Ballet Xolotlan of Nicaragua. The group will showcase Nicaraguan folklore, distinguished by its sounds of marimba, music as well as colorful clothing and accessories.

“Homenaje a los migrantes” lasts from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Centro Nacional de la Cultura, also known as the Antigua Fabrica Nacional de Licores located east of Parque España.

Today, Oct. 12, is the traditional Día de las Culturas, which is called Columbus Day in the United States. However, the holiday has been moved to Monday when many Costa Ricans will be off.

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