Museo Nacional plans party to celebrate Anexión de Nicoya

The celebratory mood from Nicoya is spilling over to the Museo Nacional, which invites locals to honor the annexation holiday this weekend. After the 190th annual Anexión de Partido de Nicoya kicked off Tuesday night, museum directors are allowing those who won’t be able to make it to Nicoya to still enjoy the holiday.

The museum will host its version of the holiday, the Festival de la Anexión, with a schedule full of traditional dances, marimba music and Guanacaste cuisine. On Saturday at 11 a.m., the museum is having a commemoration party with presentations of the folk dancing that make the annexation holiday iconic.

Then on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. at the museum’s central patio, there will be more dancing as five different folk concerts are planned. The acts include Rescate de Valores, the Banda de Conciertos de San José, Dionisio Cabal, the Compañía Profesional de Baile Popular Merecumbé, and the Asociación de Cultura Popular Costarricense Güipipía.

The San José concert band will be playing in homage to Lucho Bermúdez, who is recognized as one of the most influential Colombian composers of the 20th century.

The event also includes local dishes like mazamorras, a type of porridge, and chorreadas, a sweet corn pancake, among numerous others.

Traditional dancer from the Nicoya celebration in 2013.

Traditional dancer from the Nicoya celebration in 2013.

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