Fireworks extravaganza ends the annual carnival at Zapote

A spectacular fireworks show signaled the end Sunday night to the 2012-2013 Fiesta de San José.

The carnival had the usual health problems at some of the food stands and many injuries of amateur bull fighters in the rondel. Security officials say they are pleased with the relatively calm carnival.

The highways also were relatively calm. Ruta 27 was made eastbound in extra lanes so that vacationers from the Pacific beach towns could return to the Central Valley. There were no reports of tie ups.

A motorcycle driver died in a Sunday accident. The mishap was in Purral de Guadalupe. Judicial investigators said that a man with the last name of Rojas died about 6:30 a.m. His family said the 29-year-old man had been celebrating with alcohol the day before.

His vehicle crashed into a wall, agents said.

Theoretically all government offices should be operating normally today as will the courts. Hotels, restaurants and many private businesses did not enjoy the extended Christmas vacation. In fact, hotels and restaurants find the holiday to be the busiest time of the year.

The next big vacation is Semana Santa, the last week in March. So that gives the country 11 weeks of normality.

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