Independence Day in Costa Rica

Independence Day is actually on the 15 but we had a "festival" at school today. We sang the Costa Rican National Anthem, ate traditional food, learned about the Independence from Spain, and saw a traditional Costa Rican dance. We also learned that on the 15 everyone stops what they are doing at 6:00 pm and they sing the National Anthem and all the schools do parades. Many people go away to the beach for the holiday which is what some of us are thinking about doing.