Semana Santa will see concerts today

Despite being Semana Santa, this week will be more or less normal through the end of business Wednesday.

Most government workers are off, but retail outlets, banks, supermarkets and similar businesses plan normal hours Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday and Friday are legal holidays. Although some businesses will be open Thursday, only firms like pharmacies and some eating places will be in business Friday because it is the most solemn day of the year.

A typical schedule is that of Banco Nacional which will have normal hours until Wednesday at 5 p.m. when the usual evening services are being suspended.

Religious processions are traditional in Easter week. The archdiocese of San José had the Palm Sunday procession with apostles, a mule and a statue of Jesus Christ that ended with a morning Mass at the Catedral Metropolitana.

There is an organ concert at noon today in the La Soledad Church and a 5 p.m. concert by the Banda Municipal de San José in the downtown La Dolorosa Church.  At 7 p.m. the faithful will participate in stations of the cross from Avenida 8 to Avenida Central and then to the Teatro Nacional.

Tuesday there are concerts planned at the El Carmen Church at noon and 4 p.m. There is a concert at 5 p.m. at the La Dolorosa Church and a 6 p.m. concert by the Universidad de Costa Rica chorus at 6 p.m. in the La Soledad Church.

Wednesday is the 8:30 a.m. presentation of fruits and vegetables to priests by merchants at the markets in the capital. Eventually these food gifts go to the poor. This will be at Parque Central.

Then there are concerts at 12:30 p.m. in the La Soledad Church and one at 7 p.m. with the Banda Municipal de San José at Parque Central.

Local churches also have activities planned.

The Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd plans services at 9 a.m. today through Wednesday. Thursday there is a service at noon. Friday from noon to 3 p.m. there is the Procession of the Cross.

There is a bilingual service Easter Sunday at 9 a.m. The historic church is set back on Avenida 4 between calles 3 and 5 opposite the Colegio Superior de Señoritas.

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