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Costa Rica’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 15th. It commemorates the independence of the entire Central America from Spain, which took place in 1821. The news of the country’s independence reached the nation’s people about a month after the declaration of independence that occurred in Guatemala.
When it comes to Independence Day, Santo Domingo de Heredia – just like this student's hairdresser – knows just how it's done. (Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times)
On the eve of Independence Day, Sept. 14, families and children gather for traditional dance and other celebrations. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Students from the Centro Educativo Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Quebradas de Santo Domingo de Heredia, wait nervously before their first dance on Sept. 14. They had been practicing for six months. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
The “Diana” is a tradition where a “cimarrona” travels the town at 5 am with traditional and joyful music that wakes up the citizens. La Cimarrona Original La Domingueña has been ringing in Independence Day in Santo Domingo for 13 years now. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Kids carry signs with popular Costa Rican phrases, or dichos. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Diego Hidalgo, 35 years old, from Albergue San Isidro de Heredia, is a student from ANAMPE, a social center that teaches independent life skills for people with disabilities. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Alexander Granados Araya, six years old. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
Three generations watch the Independence Day parade in Santo Domingo: (from right) grandmother Elisa Ramirez Sanchez, mother Cinthya Gonzales Ramirez and daughter María Paz Mora. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times
María Isabel Mora Alvarado comes every year to the Independence Parade in Santo Domingo de Heredia. She says “I am a Tica, 100%.” She is 74 years old and believes she lives in the most beautiful country in the world. Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times

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