Costa Rica Independence Day

Diversity Atlas


September 15


12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Costa Rica’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 15th and is a national holiday. The holiday commemorates the independence of the entire Central America from Spain, which took place in 1821. The day is marked by raising the National Flag, patriotic parades, and the singing of the National Anthem. Festivities begin on the 14th, with the reenactment of the notification of Costa Rica’s liberation carrying the ‘freedom torch’. At precisely 6:00 p.m., national TV and radio stations broadcast Costa Rica’s National Anthem, as the entire country sings along in a burst of patriotism. Following the anthem, the popular ‘faroles’ parade begins – a parade of homemade lanterns carried by children. The holiday is celebrated with much joy and cheerfulness, and it is a great opportunity to experience Costa Rican culture and traditions.