The holiday celebration is Sunday at Museo Nacional

Guanacaste is coming to the Museo Nacional for a Sunday celebration of the  192nd anniversary of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya.

The event is free for Costa Ricans and legal residents. As usual there will be dancing, food, workshops for children, crafts and music.

Featured is the group Los de la Bajura, meaning those from the lowlands, and the Banda de Conciertos de San José. The popular Los de la Bajura comes from Santa Cruz and is known for the original music. The traditional marimba is one of the group’s instruments.

Guanacaste is special place for Costa Ricans. For some it is the Wild West. The culture, the food, the slang and even the names of common articles are different.

The bomba is a unique Guanacaste rhyming joke, preceded by the word “Bomba,” in case
the audience is not paying attention.

They can be romantic and certainly humorous. And Los de la Bajura  can present them non-stop.

They stem from ancient oral traditions. An expat will need a good ear or a Costa Rican friend close by to fully appreciate the quatrains. Further explanation is HERE!

The museum event starts at 9 a.m. The holiday really is the following day, Monday.

The legal action to join Guanacaste to Costa Rica in 1824 was finalized on July 25 that year. The  Partido de Nicoya was recognized by the Spanish crown as a distinct political subdivision. After independence, the area was autonomous for several years.

Playing the marimba usually is a group effort.

Playing the marimba usually is a group effort.

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