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Annexation of Guanacaste Day – July 25th 2012

Annexation of Guanacaste Day pictureThe Annexation of Guanacaste Day, celebrated on July 25, commemorates the annexation of the province of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824 and celebrates Costa Rica’s core value of democracy.  This celebration  originated in Liberia , which is the capital of the Guanacaste province.  Prior to 1824, Guanacaste was a part of Nicaragua; however, in 1824 Guanacaste asked to be annexed to Costa Rica rather than remain part of strife-torn Nicaragua.  The Central American Federation approved the annexation and thus Guanacaste became part of Costa Rica. Those living in Guanacaste take great pride in being a part of Costa Rica and claim that in 1824, they joined Costa Rica by choice.  Demonstrating their pride, Guanacastans possess the slogan, “De la Patria por Nuestro Voluntad”.  This phrase means ‘part of the country by our own choice’ in Spanish. The fact that Guanacastans emphasize that they became a part of Costa Rica by choice, shows how much democracy is valued in the region.   

Students from Green Life Academy took part in this festive traditional celebration while donning traditional Guanacaste dress and holding the national flag with pride. They joined with fellow schools and locals in the Playas del Coco area.

*A huge thank you  to Ingrid Perez, Yessenia Solis Ramirez, Andrea Blum, and Christine Wallace and Ligia for decorations

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