The Easter holidays in Costa Rica are a wonderful time to watch picturesque processions in all parts of the country. This time of celebration, reflection, and renewal of spirit is dominated by dramatic enactments of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, as recorded in these two photos taken during the elaborate production in San Joaquín de Flores.
The week leading up to Easter Sunday is also a time for vacations throughout the country. Schools are closed, many businesses close the entire week and everybody shuts down Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and Good Friday.
Until a few years ago, there was no vehicle traffic of any kind on Holy Thursday and Good Friday in Costa Rica. Believers thought that the use of vehicles during this holy time was a sin. On those days people got around on foot or horseback, or stayed home with family.
Nowadays many Costa Ricans take advantage of these days for a mid-summer vacation and abandon the city for the beachs and mountains. Regular business activity slows down during the week; Holy Thursday and Good Friday find public services and transportation at a virtual standstill.
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