National Holidays & Special Events
in Costa Rica 2013
It has been said that Costa Rica has more holidays than any other country. Whether true or not, it is safe to say that apart from traditional national holidays, each region celebrates its own holidays and festivals. Here is a list of the most important holidays and events.
* International Women DayInternational Women Day
International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner
* Oxcart Driver's DayOxcart Driver's Day
Dia del Boyero (Oxcart Drivers Day) is the second Sunday in March in San Antonio de Escazú. The Oxcart
(carreta) is a symbol of Costa Rican culture and history. They were constructed to transport coffee beans from the
Central Valley and highlands to Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast. The wheels were developed to carry the beans
over muddy terrain for periods of up to 15 days. They combined the traditional Aztec disc wheel with engineering
concepts of the spoke wheel brought over by the Spanish. The elaborate designs that you see painted on the
oxcarts were originally specific to each area and this was a way to distinguish the origin of a farmer and his cart.
Oxcarts are found in many parades and celebrations all over the country throughout the year. At this particular
festival local priests perform special blessings of livestock and crops.
* Saint Joseph's San JoséSaint Joseph's San José
Time: 12:00 am
Religious celebration in all the neighborhoods with that name, with fairs and special Masses.
St. Joseph’s Day, patron saint of San Jose and San Jose province.