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Dueling anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Hermosa Bandera’
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Dueling anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Hermosa Bandera’

Robert Isenberg - July 4, 2018

Here’s how the story goes: In 1852, President Juan Rafael Mora Porras was about to receive delegates from Great Britain and the United States. Costa Rica was…

What is Juan Santamaría Day?
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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What is Juan Santamaría Day?

Lindsay Fendt - April 10, 2018

Costa Rica, lacking an army since 1948, doesn't have many war heroes. The most notable exception is Juan Santamaría, a poor drummer boy from Alajuela. Santamaría helped thwart…

VIDEO: Retablos, the most durable picture frame you’ve never heard of
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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VIDEO: Retablos, the most durable picture frame you’ve never heard of

Robert Isenberg - December 22, 2017

All over the world, people frame their pictures. They take a work of art – a painting, a photo, even a diploma – and press it between…

WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica

Andrés Madrigal - December 1, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DXrpDS0M3g Doña Flor Arguedas, 71, has been making tamales since she was 22. That was the year she got married. Her new mother-in-law told her, "Get ready.…

Celebrating Independence Day: Why the Lantern Parade?
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Celebrating Independence Day: Why the Lantern Parade?

Fabiola Pomareda - September 13, 2017

When I was growing up, faroles – the handmade lanterns meant to symbolize the 19th-century journey that brought the message of Central American independence to Costa Rica…

How to beat the rainy season with kids
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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How to beat the rainy season with kids

Jill Replogle and Katherine Stanley - September 8, 2017

Updated from the original version published on Oct. 14, 2015. I come from dry places. I am relatively new at motherhood. I am relatively new to Costa…

PHOTOS: Afro-Caribbean Day in Limón
Arts & Culture
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Arts & Culture
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PHOTOS: Afro-Caribbean Day in Limón

KRISTEL SEGEREN - September 1, 2017

Each year, Costa Rica’s Caribbean port town Limón throws a party on Aug. 31 to celebrate its vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture. The main event is a parade, which…

U.S. Embassy funds research to preserve Costa Rica’s famous stone spheres
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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U.S. Embassy funds research to preserve Costa Rica’s famous stone spheres

L. Arias - July 11, 2017

U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney announced that his government will contribute $38,500 to efforts to preserve Costa Rica’s world famous Diquis stone spheres. The donation will fund an…

Demonstration, arts festival to complicate vehicle traffic in San José on Thursday
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Arts and Culture
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Demonstration, arts festival to complicate vehicle traffic in San José on Thursday

L. Arias - June 28, 2017

People needing to go to San José on Thursday should take a very careful look at their route. A public workers' demonstration will take over downtown streets…

VIDEO: President Solís invites Oscar nominee Emma Stone to celebrate in Costa Rica
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VIDEO: President Solís invites Oscar nominee Emma Stone to celebrate in Costa Rica

L. Arias - February 23, 2017

President Luis Guillermo Solís used his Facebook profile on Thursday to invite Oscar-nominated actress Emma Stone to visit Costa Rica. Solís recorded the video in English. He…

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