Holy Week In Costa Rica

Semana Santa Begins In Costa Rica

Costa Rica Semana SantaFor Ticos in Costa Rica, Semana Santa or Holy Week is considered to be the most important religious celbration. Beginning with Palm Sunday, most Costa Rica’s will take vacation from work, banks and government offices will be closed and most non-tourist business will definitely be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

For those not taking vacation, many will work until Wednesday. For those lucky to work in public positions, they will have the week off to prepare for Holy week and Easter celebrations. This year there is a change however with the dry law which prohibts the sale of alcohol from midnight Wednesday to midnight Saturday. This year each municipality is able to decide for itself as to whether they will implement the law or not.

During Semana Santa government offices, including the Casa Presidencial and all ministries will be closed for the entire week. Banks will close on Thursday and Friday so if you need some cash, get it before the banks close for the long weekend.

What is available is seafood which is the staple meal for Good Friday which remains a meatless tradition for Costa Ricans. Other traditions include Chicha, a hot drink made for ginger and cinnamon.  Easter is a time to enjoy food and family in Costa Rica and what better way than with traditions.

Costa Rica’s Passion Of Christ Re-Enactment

And speaking of traditions, there are two important processions which involve the re-enaction of the crucifixition of Jesus Christ. Tres Rios in Cartago. With live human participation, the event is something that cannot be missed if you happen to be in Costa Rica at this time. The procession includes Roman-like actors who beat Jesus during his journey. The dramatization is as much of a statement of what occurred brought to life in real times. Many line the streets to participate in the re-enactment. Another such event is held in San Joaquin de Flores in Heredia and is televised for those who don’t want to  come out to see the procession.

Easter in Costa Rica is filled with emotion, family and good food. For those living or travelling through Costa Rica, Easter is considered one of the most religious celebrations and the country pulls out all the stops for this celebration.


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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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