Torch of Independence will begin a 378 km journey through Costa Rica this Tuesday

QCOSTARICA – The Torch of Independence will begin its passage through Costa Rica this Tuesday morning, during a ceremonial act at the border with Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas.

The Independence Torch symbolizes Costa Rica, along with the rest of Central America, the 201st year of independence from Spain

The route from the border to the city of Cartago will be 378 kilometers and will have the participation of more than 20,000 students, starting with Hillary Morales of the Liceo Diurno de La Cruz (La Cruz Day School), the first to have the torch, then transmit it to the corresponding relays.

Morales assures that this is not the first time that she has accompanied the voyage of the Torch of Independence.

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According to the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), this Tuesday the torch will pass through the communities of Liberia, Bagaces and Cañas, while on Wednesday, September 14, it is expected to pass through Esparza, San Ramón, Palmares, Naranjo, Sarchí, Grecia , Tres Ríos, among other cantons; ending in Cartago with the protocol acts of the government on Wednesday evening.

For the San José parade, 13 schools in San José will participate for a total of 2,020 students, from the Parque de la Democracia to the Melico Salazar Theater.

Important to note

This year is the second year that September 15 is not a public holiday, as is a tradition, for 2022 it is moved to Monday September 19, as part of the previous government’s decree to promote economic recovery in the tourism industry.

For this reason, this Thursday, September 15, since it is not considered a public holiday, the Downtown San Jose vehicular restrictions WILL APPLY. Drivers of vehicles whose licenses end in 7 and 8 will face a ticket if they drive in the city center.

San Jose vehicle restrictions will not apply on Monday, September 19.

Additionally, banks, government offices and the like will operate as usual on Thursday and will be closed on Monday. However, some businesses and professional offices may choose to observe the tradition and close on Thursdays.

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Here is a table of public holidays moved to the following Monday until 2024, unless the current government promotes a bill to be repealed.

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