There probably is no place in Costa Rica where history is lived more than at the Archivo Nacional. This is the location in Zapote where all the important documents are kept.
In recognition of the Día de la Independencia Tuesday, the national archives is putting on an exhibition with the original documents relating to the separation from Spain.
Included is the original copy of the message from Guatemalan officials proclaiming independence for Spanish holdings in Central America.
Although Tuesday is independence day, a lot of the festivities take place the day before. That is the night when the torch of independence arrives at the meeting of the presidential cabinet in Cartago. It also is the night when Costa Ricans stand outside their homes or at the workplace and sing the national anthem exactly at 6 p.m.
So archive workers will be outside the facility distributing to passersby reproductions of historic documents Monday morning.
Inside there will be a parade featuring the band of the Liceo José Joaquín Vargas Calvo in San Pedro and students of the Escuela Juan Santamaría in Curridabat.