QCOSTARICA by Michael Miller – International visitors to Costa Rica are sometimes taken aback at how Costa Ricans deal with Semana Santa or Holy Week. This is the week from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.
In the U. S. the week is hardly noticed, except by those who might attend a religious service, such as The Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at a Catholic Church.
But Costa Ricans take it seriously. They leave town.
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Government offices, banks and most businesses close up shop, many for the entire week. Hundreds of thousands of families from the Central Valley pack into cars and tourist buses, and head to the beach resorts, leaving San José a virtual ghost town.
These photos were taken on Good Friday morning, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Normally this is part of San José‘s busy and noisy morning rush hour.
Michael Miller is the author of the first and only guidebook that focuses on Downtown San José, Costa Rica, titled: The Real San José.
Michael Robert Miller, with over forty years of business experience, has travelled extensively in the Far East and Central America. He has been visiting San José, Costa Rica since the 1980's and has made it his mission to discover all that the city has to offer.
Mr. Miller has served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran. He holds a degree in economics. Mr. Miller currently spends his time in San José, Costa Rica and Naples, Florida.