Most Important Festivals in Costa Rica

Most Important Festivals in Costa Rica

Most important festivals in Costa Rica will let the people know about the festivals and the parties the people in Costa Rica celebrate. Costa Ricans are outgoing, social and they spread the joy to all over the places and people during the country’s various festivals, and horse parades. Plan your trip to Costa Rica around these cultural events to get a fresh look at the country’s rich local traditions, delicious food, lively music, and good sense of fun.

Make new connections and enjoy yourself when you take part in the most important festivals in Costa Rica! The summer in Costa Rica is packed with festivities; in addition to the major festivals, each town and village has its own town festival or country fair to enjoy. During Green Season, however, there are several cultural activities and festivals to take part.

The most Important Festivals in Costa Rica are as Follows :

S.noMonthFestivalHow is it celebrated?
 1JanuaryFiestas PalmaresCelebrated with live music concerts, dancing, rides and games, and local foods. 
 2JanuaryFiestas Santa CruzCelebrated with a horse parade, a feast with food, concerts, and fireworks.
 3FebruaryPuntarenas Carnival Celebrated with music, dancing, food, and sporting events.
 4FebruaryLiberia Fiestas  Celebrated with horse parade, bullfights, rodeos, musical performances, dancing, dining, rides, and games.  
 5March Oxcart Parade, San Antonio de Escazu  Celebrated with food and dancing.
 6AprilHoly WeekCelebrated with prayers and processions.
 7AprilJuan SantamariaCelebrated with parade, street fair, and concerts.  
 8MayLabor DayCelebrated with Parades, marches, and traditional food.
 9MaySt. Isidro Labrador Day  Celebrated with parades traditional food, music, and dancing.
 10JulyVirgin of the Sea FestivalCelebrated with parades, dances, regattas, and fireworks.
 11SeptemberIndependence DayCelebrated with parades, traditional dance, and street festivities.
 12DecemberFestival of LightsCelebrated with  dancers, performers, and marching bands.
 13DecemberChristmas WeekCelebrated with more festivities.
 14DecemberHorse ParadeCelebrated with horse rides .
 15DecemberSan Jose – Zapote Festival  Celebrated with bullfights, rides and games, musical events, entertainment, food, and shopping.
 16DecemberFestival of the Little Devils Celebrated with artisan crafts, and food.

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Fiestas Palmares

Fiestas Palmares

These traditional and most important festivals in Costa Rica, which take place in Palmares, near San Ramon in the Central Valley, are among the country’s largest. A large horse parade, bullfights, rodeo, live music concerts, dancing, rides and games, local foods, and shopping are all part of the festivities.

Fiestas Santa Cruz

Fiestas Santa Cruz

Also, one of the most important festivals, held in Santa Cruz on the Nicoya Peninsula, feature bullfights, rodeos, a horse parade, a feast with food, concerts, and fireworks, all in keeping with Guanacaste cowboy customs.

Puntarenas Carnival 

Puntarenas Carnival 

Puntarenas, a Pacific port town, hosts a week of local festivals, including street fairs and fiestas, music, dancing, food, and sporting events.

Liberia Fiestas

Liberia Fiestas

The largest Guanacaste fiestas, with a horse parade, bullfights, rodeos, musical performances, dancing, dining, rides, and games.

 Oxcart Parade, San Antonio de Escazu

Oxcart Parade, San Antonio de Escazu

A traditional parade of wonderfully handcrafted and decorated oxcarts, along with oxen teams and drivers dressed in traditional dress; blessing of the animals, food and dancing.

Holy Week

Holy Week

In Costa Rica, Holy Week is one of the most important festivals. The majority of businesses are closed for the entire week, but Good Thursday and Friday are national holidays. Easter Sunday, you can have prayers and processions. This week, the majority of Costa Ricans in the San Jose metropolitan area are on holiday at the country’s beaches.

Juan Santamaria

Juan Santamaria

Costa Rica’s national hero Juan Santamaria died defending the country against William Walker’s soldiers at the Battle of Rivas in 1856. A national holiday and the majority of festivities like parade, street fair, and concerts take place in Alajuela.

Labor Day

Labor Day

Parades, marches, and traditional food are all part of this national festival and also the day for Costa Rica’s President to deliver his “state of the union” address to Congress and the public.

St. Isidro Labrador Day

St. Isidro Labrador Day

The event welcomes the spring and takes place throughout Costa Rica, remembering the patron saint of farmers with blessings with crops and animals. There are street fairs and parades featuring traditional food, music, and dancing.

Virgin of the Sea Festival

Virgin of the Sea Festival

Puntarenas celebrates the Virgin of the Sea Festival with a procession of colorfully painted fishing boats carrying a statue of “La Virgen del Monte Carmelo,” the city’s patron saint. A week of parades, dances, regattas, and fireworks are part of the religious celebrations also to mark one of the most important festivals in Costa Rica.

Independence Day

Independence Day

The nation and the rest of Central America gained independence from Spain on the same day in 1821. The arrival of the Freedom Torch in Cartago on September 14 kicks off the statewide celebration brought from Guatemala across Nicaragua by relay runners. At 6:00 p.m., the entire country comes to a halt and sings the national song together; later that evening; children carry little lanterns through their communities. On the 15th, parades, traditional dancers, and street festivities will take place in almost every town around the country and this is one of Costa Rica’s most important festivals.

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

The traditional Christmas parade in San Jose has big, brightly lit and brilliantly designed floats, dancers, performers, and marching bands from all across the country.

Christmas Week

Christmas Week

Although the 25th of December is a public holiday, most businesses and government offices are closed during Christmas Week. The majority of people in the San Jose metropolitan area visit the beaches.

Horse Parade

Horse Parade

One of the most important festivals in Costa Rica takes place on Paseo Colon, San Jose’s major street, where riders wear traditional costumes and horses are beautifully decorated. Riders and horses travel from all across the country to demonstrate their horse traditions and the Criollo breed’s unique characteristics.

San Jose – Zapote Festival

San Jose – Zapote Festival

The country’s largest rodeo and bullfights, rides and games, musical events, entertainment, food, and shopping are all part of this huge celebration in San Jose’s Zapote region.

Festival of the Little Devils 

Festival of the Little Devils 

The bull and the small devils representing the Boruca Indians re-enact a battle in southern Costa Rica’s Boruca region, demonstrating how the Boruca people were never destroyed as a tribe by Spanish Conquerors. Traditional clothing, artisan crafts, and food are the special features during the three-day cultural celebration. It takes place in Boruca, a little village near Perez Zeledon also one of the most important festivals in Costa Rica.

Related Questions

1. What are some major events in Costa Rica?

  • Oxcarts-Parade.
  • Dia de San Isidro Labrador.
  • The National Orchid Exhibition.
  • The International Festival of Arts.
  • Public festival of Palmares.
  • Saints Day of Santa Cruz.
  • Coffee Cup
  • Carnival of Puntarenas.

2. How does Costa Rica celebrate Christmas?

Costa Ricans celebrate Christmas with several festivities, parades, rodeos, bull races, street parties, and dance festivals between December and January. On the second week of December, with the lively, noisy, and brilliant Festival de la Luz in San Jose the festivities will begin.

3. How do Costa Ricans celebrate holidays?

It is the ideal time to catch a glimpse of colorful religious processions. Many localities across Costa Rica mark their Patron Saint’s Day with bullfights, rodeos, dancing, and fireworks, among other events, making it a really unique and special occasion to visit.

4. What is the culture of Costa Rica?

Costa Rican culture is a colorful mix of ancestral roots and Spanish colonial influence, with a touch of Jamaican, Chinese, and other foreign cultures contributing to the country’s character and customs. As a result, the country has laid-back, friendly, and joyful citizens.

5. What is the most popular sport in Costa Rica?

Football, or soccer, is Costa Rica’s national sport, as it is in the rest of Central America, and there are hundreds of local and provincial teams.

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