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189 Years of Independence
Let’s Celebrate the Country’s Independence!

Lanterns made by students of the Santa Teresita School
Winning lanterns made by students of the Serapia Lopez School

• Schools in Nosara and Samara will hold various activities for everyone’s enjoyment
• The Colegio de Nosara will participate with one of area’s best marching bands

You can celebrate this National Day by participating in different activities that will be held in our communities. On Tuesday, September 14th, all the elementary schools will hold a Faroles Parade starting at 6 p.m. During the morning of the 14th, the Independence Torch will come through our area.

Samara Elementary School: On Tuesday, September 14th they will await the Torch at Samara’s Bomba (gas station) and will then hold a special assembly at 9:30 a.m. On that same day, at 6 p.m., the Faroles Parade will be held in downtown Samara. At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15th, the Independence Day Parade will be held with the participation of baton twirlers, a marching band and students from the CINDEA and from Torito’s elementary school.

Garza Elementary School: On Tuesday, September 14th the Torch will be picked up at Barco Quebrado and will be taken to the town of La Esperanza. That same day, at 6 p.m., the Faroles Parade will start at the elementary school and its route will include Barco del Amor, then heading down the beach and finally returning to the school. On Wednesday, September 15th, a special ceremony will be held at 7 a.m., in which songs and stories told by the students will be presented.

Esperanza Elementary School: On the 14th they will await the Torch that will come from Garza and, in the evening, the Faroles will go out from the school to light up the community’s streets. On the 15th, an assembly will be held at 7 a.m. in which historical accounts regarding the Independence and poetry readings will take place.

Santa Marta: On Tuesday, September 14th, the celebration will start around noon by picking up the Torch at the Santa Marta crossroad. Once it reaches the school an assembly will be held and, at 6 p.m., with the singing of the National Anthem the community’s Faroles Parade will begin. On the 15th the amazing school band will participate in a parade that will be organized by the Nosara Elementary School.


Brief historical account
– On September 15th, 1821, authorities from all provinces, including Costa Rica, as well as representatives from the University, the Church and other civil delegates met at the Capitanía General de Guatemala. 56 people assembled in order to decide if Central America was to separate from Spain. There the decision was made leading, in 1821, to the drafting of the Acta de la Independencia (the Declaration of Independence).

The Faroles – Every year, on September 14th, students, teachers and families fill the streets with beautiful and colorful paper lanterns (faroles) in a parade to commemorate the Grito de Independencia (Shout of Independence).

The Independence Torch – The Independence Torch was declared a national symbol on September 14th, 2005. Year after year, the Torch is passed throughout Central America as a symbol of the freedom and independence of the Central American countries. Its route starts in Guatemala and ends in Costa Rica.

Nosara Elementary School: On the 14th they will also pick up the Torch at the Santa Marta crossroad and will pass it on to the high school students at the corner of La Casona. In the afternoon, the Faroles will leave from the Súper Nosara and will reach the school. The next day, the great parade will start at the Ferretería de Carlon and will end at the Plaza. Along with all the marching bands, baton twirlers and flag bearers from the different schools, the nursery, kindergarten and first grade students will participate in the parade as “Los campesinos”. The David Kitson Library will participate with a float.

Santa Teresita: On Tuesday, September 14th they will wait for the Torch at the San Pedro crossroad and, in the afternoon, the Faroles Parade will start at the school. On the 15th, the talented school band will participate in the Independence Parade.

Nosara High School: On the 15th its 38-member school band will be part of the parade, along with 14 baton twirlers, 6 cheerleaders, 10 flag bearers and the Student Government.

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