Activities and celebrations for Día de la Madre begin today

Saturday is the Día de la Madre, a legal holiday that ranks just below Christmas for many Costa Ricans. Although the day is mainly a family affair when children gather to honor their mother, there are official events, too.

The first is today at the Hospital de la Mujeres when President  Luis Guillermo Solís will meet with breast cancer survivors. He is being accompanied by his wife, Mercedes Peñas Domingo, and other officials for the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Casa Presidencial also is hosting an arts and crafts fair at the Zapote facility this morning.

The legal holiday is Saturday but the day will not be much of a holiday for restaurant workers and some store clerks. Taking mother to lunch or dinner is a traditional activity on the day. Mother also receives some big ticket appliances and other gifts.

Merchants and restaurants have been promoting the day for weeks. And there are some good deals with some restaurants offering small gifts of free cocktails for mothers who dine there.

The U.S. Embassy staff celebrates weekend holidays on the previous Friday, so that facility will be closed today.

Even the Mercado Central in San José is promoting itself as the place to get late mother’s day presents.

The market will be open Saturday, it announced.

The market plans special shows, including marimba, mascaradas and those traditional street bands, cimarronas, both today and Saturday. The merchants also plan a raffle with a beach hotel stay as the top prize.

The market increased its hours for the two days, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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