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New Year's Eve

President Alvarado’s message for the new year: ‘Costa Rica can prevail’

President Carlos Alvarado delivered a message of hope as Costa Rica and the world welcomed 2021.

President Alvarado’s message for the new year: ‘2020 will be a year of well-being and hope’

President Carlos Alvarado delivered a message of hope as Costa Rica and the world welcomed the new decade.

Ojalá: A Costa Rican sense of luck for the new year

On the whole, Ticos could benefit from attributing less to chance and more to human behavior. But I hope we never lose awareness of the myriad things outside our power.

Try a little Costa Rican magic for a lucky 2020

An old Tico belief holds that whatever you’re doing when the clock strikes 12 on Dec. 31 will characterize your year to come.

When you wish upon a grape…

For 12 grapes, 12 wishes for the New Year. #tanlindaCostaRica #TTPicOfTheDay

Dining options for your New Year’s celebrations

A few of our picks for New Year's Eve celebrations in the city and on the coast.

World prepares to welcome New Year despite terror fears

Madrid will limit the number of people at Puerta del Sol square, Brussels scrapped celebrations following threats and Moscow police will for the first time close off Red Square. Other cities are going ahead with normal New Year's Eve festivities.

Peru warns against ritual New Year effigy-burning

Each New Year's Eve, Peruvians take delight in ritually torching dolls of their politicians, sportsmen or celebrities -- but environment officials say the tradition is a health hazard.

Top spots to ring in the New Year

Ready for the New Year? Here are our top picks for parties on Dec. 30 and 31 around the country.

Holidays in Costa Rica: Baby Jesus is more popular than Santa Claus

Despite all of the marketing efforts to make Santa Claus the star of Christmas in Costa Rica, 39 percent of Tico parents polled in a survey last month said they tell their children that Baby Jesus, known in Spanish as El Niño or El Niñito, is the one who brings gifts on Christmas Eve.

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