• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica cancels traditional year-end celebrations

August 3, 2020

The Costa Rican capital announced on Monday the suspension of its traditional end-of-year celebrations, given the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The Municipality of San José canceled the festivities that traditionally close the year “in view of the directive issued by the Health Ministry, which indicates that mass concentration activities are suspended throughout this year 2020 due to the health emergency that the country is experiencing,” the city council said in a statement.

Such festivities include the tope (horse parade), a carnival through the center of the capital, and festejos populares, which include an amusement park and Costa Rican-style bullfights.

“We will see each other, God willing, in 2021-22,” organizers of Fiestas de Zapote shared on social media, adding that the cancellation was the “prudent and logical” decision.

The Municipality of San José had previously suspended the Festival de la Luz, a colorful parade of floats through the streets of San José that is traditionally held in mid-December.

“Obviously it hurts us, as it happened with the cancellation of the Festival de la Luz. However, we 100% will comply with the provisions of the Health Ministry, with the understanding that protecting the health of Costa Ricans at this time is essential,” said Johnny Araya, mayor of San José.

The municipality also postponed the traditional San José Marathon. Originally scheduled for November, it has now been rescheduled for May 2021.

As of Monday, Costa Rica has announced 19,402 cases of COVID-19 and 171 deaths. The Greater Metropolitan Area including and surrounding San José is the current epicenter, and is under an Orange Alert throughout August.

You may be interested

Costa Rica the right choice for many seeking cardiac care
Sponsored content
5 views
Sponsored content
5 views

Costa Rica the right choice for many seeking cardiac care

Sponsored Content - April 16, 2021

Without insurance, cardiology visits and procedures in the United States can be incredibly expensive. Even with insurance, the cost for…

Costa Rica to meet Mexico in CONCACAF Nations League semifinal
Costa Rica
3732 views
Costa Rica
3732 views

Costa Rica to meet Mexico in CONCACAF Nations League semifinal

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 16, 2021

The Costa Rica men’s national soccer team will face Mexico in Denver as part of the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals.…

Costa Rica issues Yellow Alerts due to heavy rainfall
Costa Rica
2491 views
Costa Rica
2491 views

Costa Rica issues Yellow Alerts due to heavy rainfall

The Tico Times - April 15, 2021

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Thursday established Yellow Alerts due to weather that is impacting much of Costa Rica.…