Friday, January 21, 2005

List of official Costa Rican Holidays

Independence Day paradeJanuary 1st: New Year’s Day, celebrated with a big dance in San Jose’s Parque Central.

March 19th: St. Joseph’s Day, patron saint of San Jose and San Jose province.

Easter: Holy Week, Semana Santa. Dates vary annually but businesses will often close for the entire week preceding Easter weekend.

April 11th: Juan Santamaria Day. Public holiday to commemorate the national hero who fought at the battle of Rivas against American invader William Walker in 1856.

May 1st: Labor Day. Dia de los Trabajadores.

June: Corpus Christi

June 29th: St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day

July 25th: Guanacaste Day. To mark the annexation of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824.

August 2nd: Virgin de los Angeles Day. Patron saint of Costa Rica.

August 15th: Mother’s Day and Assumption Day

September 15th: Independence Day, with big patriotic parades celebrates Costa Rica’s independence from Spain in 1821.

October 12th: Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). Limon province only, marked by carnival, which take place in the week prior to October 12.

November 2nd: All soul’s Day

December 8th: Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.

December 25th: Christmas Day. Family-oriented celebrations with trips to the beach. Much consumption of apples and grapes.

Friday, January 07, 2005

New direct flight from San Jose to Chicago

United Airlines offers daily flights from San José (Costa Rica) to Los Angeles, via Guatemala, and direct, non-stop, to the American capital, as well as now, with a new frequency to the city of Chicago, the most important in the center of the United States. For the first time there will be a route between this important business center and the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

The direct, non-stop flight to the Chicago O' Hare International Airport in Illinois will be offered Saturdays on a Boeing 757 with capacity for 182 passengers. The Chicago O' Hare Airport is the second largest airport in the world, in terms of passengers’ traffic.

“We consider the center of the United States, Chicago especially, to represent a strategic point for many holiday travelers who are looking for the tourist offer supplied by Costa Rica”, expressed Fred Thome, General Manager of the airline in the country.

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