Without the Specter of Earthquake, 3000 Nicoyans Celebrated Independence

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With joy and patriotic fervor, some 3,000 people stationed themselves on the streets of Nicoya this September 15th to celebrate the 192 years of independence.

The tour started in front of the Tribunal of Justice (Tribunales de Justicia) at 8:00 AM and ended in front of the Bank of Costa Rica, next to Briceño Reccared Park, around midday.

Attendees enjoyed the parade of bands from the canton and other parts of the country, including the bands of Alajuela , Sarchí de Valverde Vega, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Grecia and San José.

The celebrations brought together to a large number of people, including students from different educational institutions, parents and individuals.

“I’m very happy here celebrating with my son. Last year we could not, due to the earthquake, but thankfully this year we were able to celebrate,” said Amelia Díaz, a resident of Nicoya, with great satisfaction.

“To me independence means a lot – how difficult it would be to live in war, but thank God we have freedom… I can see that the people, with their attendance, have demonstrated the good citizenship of Guanacastecans,” said Harán Fernández, a student of Nicoya High School.

The strong midday sun did not dampen the efforts of the young musicians: “The sun was strong but it didn’t matter; we celebrated that we are not dependent on other countries,” said the excited child Igor Adrián Díaz, a student of Nicoya’s Escuela Cacique (Chief School).

Olga Chavarría, representative of the Municipal Council (Consejo Municipal) told us, “I am very happy that everything was nice and tidy today, and I hope that these traditions are never lost. The municipality is always there to assist in whatever is needed,” said Chavarría.

According to Demetrio Chavarria, a teacher who oversaw of the event, everything went according to plan, and without any setbacks the guidelines established authorities of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP – Ministerio de Educación Pública) were met.