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Las Mascaradas in Costa Rica are quite a celebration!

December 27, 2019


Today it’s Halloween in the United States, and Costa Rica has its way to celebrate it. Since 1996, Costa Rican government declared October 31st, National Mascaradas’ Day… But what are mascaradas?

“Mascaradas” are masks made of paper and bigger than a person’s head. Those masks are painted with brilliant colors and put in a structure which looks like a human torso. People dress them and then get inside the mascarada as if it were a costume.

People dress up with the mascarada and dance with Costa Rican traditional music played by a cimarrona. There are Mascarada parades in local towns that are part of the community’s celebrations. Those activities are called “fiestas patronales” (they’re kin of fairs!)

Anything can be represented in a mascarada: from animals to local legend characters such as The Grimm, The Devil or “La Segua”; from skeletons to even Costa Rican politicians or some iconic characters of Latin American pop culture.


“LA GIGANTA”

The main goal of this celebration is to promote the different cultural manifestations existing in Costa Rican society, as a contribution to recover the country’s cultural identity.

March 18, 2021

A Year in Review: Change and Adaptation in 2020

As we approach one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we reflect on a year of change and adaptation, and we look forward to a new chapter in 2021!


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February 19, 2021

In Doing, We Learn: Reflections on Virtual and Hands-On Learning

As we reflect on a year of virtual learning throughout 2020, we look forward to welcoming students back this summer.


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November 05, 2020

COVID-19 and Costa Rica: Economic Challenges in San José

Included in our course material this semester at ICADS is a video exploring the economic challenges and pressures COVID-19 has imposed on many people in Costa Rica.


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