Saturday, September 15, 2007

Celebrating Costa Rican independence

Yesterday several activities took place all around the country as a prelude to the celebrations of the Costa Rican independence day (September 15, 1821). These images are from the ceremony in Cartago where there was a lantern parade, the lightning of the freedom torch at the Ruins of Cartago, and even a protest against Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and DR-CAFTA. All photos by REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate unless otherwise indicated.

A boy carrying a lantern and his mother walk in front of a ruin during festivities marking Costa Rica's independence day in Cartago, east of San Jose.

Schoolchildren take part in a lantern parade to commemorate Costa Rica's independence day in Cartago, east of San Jose.

A student carrying a freedom torch arrives in Cartago, east of San Jose, to commemorate Costa Rica's independence day.

Jose Miguel Monge, a Costa Rican athlete that will participate in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, lights the Freedom Torch during the festivities marking Costa Rica's independence day in Cartago, east of San Jose. (Photo: Carlos Gonzalez / La Nacion)


Demonstrators protest against a proposed free trade pact between Costa Rica and the U.S. on the sidelines of of festivities marking Costa Rica's independence day in Cartago, east of San Jose.

Demonstrators protest against a proposed free trade pact between Costa Rica and the U.S. on the sidelines of festivities marking Costa Rica's independence day in Cartago, east of San Jose.

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