This holiday is celebrated with events such as folk dances, parades, cattle shows and traditional Costa Rican music. One of the parades involves children doing a march through the center of town to a park. They wear masks and dress up as various people. It’s also common to see rodeos happening during the celebration.
Rodeos in Costa Rica are not the same as bullfights in Spain or Mexico, however. People travelling through Costa Rica can expect to see something different since the Tico style of bullfighting is not about killing. Instead it’s about the spectacle of unarmed men trying to play around with the bull for a few minutes while avoiding harm.
Celebrations during the day also involve a lot of craftwork and food. This includes meat that’s been grilled or food such as tamales. You might see fireworks as well, and there’s always a lot of dancing. Examples of dances common to the area include the Punto Gunacasteco, or the Caballito Nicoyano. You’ll hear music played from an instrument that’s actually the national instrument of Costa Rica, called the marimba.
Guanacaste actually joined Costa Rica by their own choice, which is a source of pride in the region. No one forced them into the country, they chose to be there. AS a result, the celebration commemorates the power of choice and democracy that was often not afforded to other areas nearby that were conquered and dominated by foreign powers like Spain. So in a way, Guanacaste Day is similar to the United States’ 4th of July in that it celebrates freedom and independence
Overall, the day is bound to be a memorable one for anyone taking a Costa Rica vacation and who’s never seen celebrations quite like this before. Costa Rica, and in particular Guanacaste, has a way of celebrating that it all their own.