September 15 is Independence Day here. The night before the whole community gets together and walks down the streets with homemade lanterns that the kids put together. The following morning at 3 am a truck full of people with pots, pans, horns and drums, go from town to town waking up everyone and starting the festivity.
This year we serenaded Cornelio’s mom at 5 am to celebrate her birthday which is also the 15th. She was so surprised to see her family there singing to her and we later enjoyed a great breakfast of gallo pinto (rice and beans mixed together).
At 9am the parade started and the high school and elementary school band played. Dancers and ox carts fallowed the happy crowd.
Later, in the community gym, we watched the band play and the children do typical dancing. Costa Ricans are very proud of their 192 years of independence and I felt honored to celebrate with them.