The children came home today full of candy with painted faces and high on chocolate. They had a blast at the school festivities in their honor.
This is not supposed to be anything like Christmas but I have found through the years that any excuse to buy presents for my children, I tend to go overboard. Bouncyballs, stuffed animals, hotwheels, baseballs and bats and more.
Tomorrow (the actual Children’s day) they are participating in a neighborhood party for the children. They will have more candy, more chocolate, pinata’s and lots of fun.
This country really loves their kids and I think it’s great that they have a day, or in this case 2 days celebrating the life of the children.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday are for the kids. Saturday is el Día del Niño (Children’s Day) in Costa Rica. The day is not exactly a legal holiday but festivities honoring the nation’s children will be part of school activities Friday.
Parents and close family members will be preparing small presents to be distributed Saturday.
Friday public schools and some private ones will have fiestas for the students in anticipation of the next day. Children’s day is always Sept. 9, but this year the date fell on a Saturday.
The most universal celebration will be in individual homes. This is not Christmas, so presents will be modest. But there will be lots of candy and other treats and perhaps a fiesta with cake and ice cream and maybe even a piñata.
For expats, a small gift, creative but not expensive, is traditional for young family members, children of employees and perhaps children of neighbors, depending on the relationship.