Friday and Saturday are days when the mask is king

The giant papier-mâché masks that are the standard for Costa Rica celebrations will be in evidence Friday and Saturday.

There are events all over the country both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday is Halloween, and police managed to keep a lid on that celebration last year.

They expect to do so again this year.

The Día de la Mascarada Tradicional dates from colonial days, but a presidential decree in 1996 formalized the celebration.

Costa Ricans were anxious to put their own spin on the holiday. Residents do not

These are the bigger-than-life-size masks that the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural keeps at its downtown headquarters.

These are the bigger-than-life-size masks that the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural keeps at its downtown headquarters.

celebrate the Día de Muertos the way Mexicans do, although some go to cemeteries to visit loved ones.

Some museums are having mask workshops Friday for convenience.

Saturday there will be a march of mascaradas at Alajuela’s Parque Central. And no display of mascaradas would be complete without the  cimarrona, the brass street band.

Santa Cruz in Guanacaste will have a celebration there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., said the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. Residents there have a regular Sunday mascarada workshop.

In Cartago there is a parade Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Colegio Universitario de Cartago

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