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What if there was a party and nobody came?

As is the tradition in Costa Rica every September 14, the Municipality of Cartago carries out a series of activities to commemorate independence. One of the main activities is the receiving of the Torch of Independence and a symbolic cabinet meeting by the sitting government. But...

Happy 197th!

September 15, Independence Day is a big deal in Costa Rica. So big in fact the entire month of September is dedicated to independence. During the "Mes de la Patria", red and white flags, banners and decorations are everywhere.   Here are things to know about Costa...

President Received The Torch of Independence In The Midst of Boos!

Not his best moment in his first months of governing, certainly not what he expected, President Carlos Alvarado was booed in receiving his first Independence Torch. And, unlike in previous years, President Carlos had his cabinet meeting behind closed doors, in the Cartago municipal offices. In...

For First Time In Costa Rica’s Hisotry Torch of Independence Airlifted To Cartago

For the first time in the history of Costa Rica - 197 years - the carrying of the Torch of Independence overland was suspended. The Torch, traditionally carried by students from Peñas Blancas (border with Nicaragua) to Cartago,  was carried by air to Cartago, for...

Independence Torch Victim Of The National Strike

A group of trade unionists, apparently from the National Association of Educators (ANDE), boycotted on Thursday blocked the passage of the Independence Torch north of Liberia, Guanacaste, as it moved, as is tradition, from the border with Nicaragua, by students who have been prepared...

Independence Torch Ceremony To Be in La Cruz

This year, due to the crisis in Nicaragua, the Independence Day torch will be delayed about 90 minutes in arriving at the Peñas Blancas border. In previous years, normally the torch arrived at 10:00 am but for this year it is expected that the...

Costa Rica Will Receive The Independece Torch On Nicaragua Soil Without Traditions Or Speeches

Independence Day is approaching. As is tradition, the 'Antorcha de la Independencia' (Independence Torch) each year makes its way from Guatemala to Costa Rica, ending its journey through Central America in Cartago on September 15. And as is tradition, on each Sept. 13 the torch...

Mexican and Central American Independence: A Historic Backdrop for Present Challenges

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — will celebrate 193 years of independence. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five...

Painting The Independence

September is Independence month, each 15th of the year Costa Rica celebrating its Independence Day from Spain back in 1821. And each year, besides the traditions such as adorning the Autopista General Cañas and public spaces with the pride of the flag, some get creative....

Costa Rica Prepares For Independence Day

Independence Day in Costa Rica is celebrated on September 15th, the day that all of Central America commemorates the independence from Spain in 1821. What makes Costa Rica's celebration different is that the Independence Torch, the symbol of freedom, arrives in the country for the...

Pope Appeals For “Peaceful and Democratic Dolution” in Venezuela

Pope Francis addressing pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed for peace and reconciliation in Venezuela on Sunday. Addressing pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the traditional noonday Angelus with him on Sunday, the Holy Father...

President Ortega Calls for Unity of Central America

President Ortega Calls for Unity of Central America after receiving the torch of independence in Managua. The torch, symbolizing the unity of Central America countries after freedom from Spain, is making its way from Guatemala to Costa Rica.(Today Nicaragua) Nicaragua’s President, Daniel Ortega, called...

What’s With All The Drumming?

TICO BULL by Rico – If you are visiting or new to living in Costa Rica, you may be wondering what’s all the drumming about. It’s Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) and drumming is part of the tradition. For the past more or so,...

Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Independence Day in Costa Rica . Photo from costaricalearn.comTICO BULL by Rico – Every so often the debate comes up, especially when getting together with Tico friends (yes, though difficult to believe, I do have one or two Tico friends), is Panama is part...

4th of July: Nine Myths Debunked

From National Geographic - Many time-honored patriotic tales turn out to be more fiction than fact. On the 4th of July—marked in 2012 by a continent-spanning Google doodle—here's a look at some memorable myths from the birth of the United States. 1. The Declaration of...

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