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Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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    • 1. Larry Nguyen
      Costa Rican Culture
    • 2. “Pura Vida”
      • Common phrase in Costa Rica
      • 3. Literal translation:
      • 4. Pura – Pure
      • 5. Vida – Life
      • 6. Real meaning: “Plenty of life", “full of life“, "this is living!”
      • 7. Phrase reflects Costa Rican’s philosophy of:
      • 8. Strong community
      • 9. Perseverance
      • 10. Resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits
      • 11. Enjoying life slowly
      • 12. Celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike
    • Religion
      • 70.5% of the population identify themselves as Roman Catholics
      • 13. 44.9% practicing & 25.6% non-practicing
      • 14. 13.8% state they are Evangelical Protestants
      • 15. 11.3% report that they do not have a religion
      • 16. 4.3% declare that they belong to "another religion"
      Basilica Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica
    • 17. Religion
      Article 75 of the Costa Rican Constitution
      • States that the “Catholic, Apostolic, and Romanic Religion is the official religion of the Republic”
      • 18. Provides for freedom of religion
      • 19. The country’s government generally respects this right in practice
      • 20. The US government found no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief or practice in 2007
      • 21. However, it is widely acknowledged the Catholic Church is one of the most powerful, and wealthy, organizations in the country and that their social views heavily influence policy-making
      ARTICLE 75. The Roman Catholic and Apostolic Religion is the religion of the State, which contributes to its maintenance, without
      preventing the free exercise in the Republic of other forms of worship that are not opposed to universal morality or good customs.
    • 22. Music
      Popular music genres include:
      • Calypso music (a style of Afro-Caribbean music)
      • 23. Disco
      • 24. American and British rock and roll and pop (especially among urban youth)
      • 25. Dance-oriented genres (soca, salsa, merengue, cumbia and Tex-Mex)
      • 26. Mexican music
      Popular Calypso musician
      Walter Ferguson of Cahuita, Costa Rica
      Dancing at one of Cuba’s most popular dance club, Castro’s
    • 27. Music
      Music Institutions
      • The Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1970, is a famous classical music performing organization
      • 28. The Universidad de Costa Rica has a concert band and an orchestra
      • 29. The National University, Universidad Nacional, has a resident string quartet and a Symphony Orchestra
      • 30. Some well-known groups and performers include:
      • 31. El Café Chorale
      • 32. Three time winner of “The National Prize of Music”, the highest honor in the Arts in Costa Rica
      • 33. Pianist Ismael Pacheco
      • 34. Second Costa Rican pianist to have been performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York (2001) and also at the Musikverein in Germany (2007)
    • Cuisine
      • Main staple is gallo pinto, which is a mix of rice and black beans
      • 35. A Casado is a typical Costa Rican meal consisting of rice and black beans (served side by side), plantains, salad, a tortilla, and some type of meat (carne asada, fish, pork chop or chicken)
      • 36. Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken) is another popular dish and is usually served with a Russian Salad (a salad made with beets, potatoes, hard boiled eggs and mayo)
      Gallo pinto (left), casodo (middle), and arroz con pollo (right)
    • 37. Cuisine
      • Coffee and aguadulce, a sweet drink made from an ingredient similar to brown sugar, are traditional breakfast drinks
      • 38. The traditional drinks for lunch are called “refrescos”, or “frescos “for short, and consist of liquefied fruits diluted in either water or milk and sweetened to taste
      • 39. Granizado, a slush drink made of finely shaved ice and flavored syrup, is also a popular drink
      • 40. The most popular flavor is kola, a fruity cherry flavored syrup, and It is usually served with evaporated, condensed milk, or both on top
      • 41. The national liquor of Costa Rica, guaro, is made from sugarcane
      Refresco (above) and
      Granizado (below)
    • 42. Art
      • In the early 19th century, wealthy Costa Ricans used to have their portraits painted by famous foreigners, usually European, who went to the country for holidays
      • 43. Soon, some of these painters settled in the country and began teaching the natives techniques for drawing, oil painting, and sculpture
      • 44. Current renowned Costa Rican painters include Gonzalo Morales Sáurez, Rafa Fernandez, and Fernando Carballo
      • 45. Famous sculptors include Ibo Bonilla, Max Jimenez, and Mario Parra
      “Girl in front of Mirror”
      by Gonzalo Morales Saurez
      Sculpture by Ibo Bonilla
    • 46. Sources
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