Semana Santa has come to a close, with Good Friday as the climax. In Costa Rica the government, schools, businesses –virtually the entire country –close for the Holy Week leading up to Easter. These days, many enjoy a vacation at the beach or time with family. But most still set great importance by celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection. By Thursday, buses are few and far between and towns are fairly quiet. All week, Roman Catholics attend two masses per day and observe many fasting and contemplative rituals; by Maundy Thursday, priests are in full time service, as confessional hours are extended into the night for parishioners. Due to the solemn observation of Good Friday, strict dry laws are observed, and at midnight Thursday, in every community across Costa Rica, the police seal all bars, restaurants, and sections of corner stores and supermarkets to prevent the sale of liquor. On Friday itself, the streets are deserted, except for the mid-morning religious procession.
Semana Santa April 11, 2010