While the rest of the world celebrates Columbus’s “Discovery of America”, Costa Rica instead chooses to celebrate diversity, with it’s very own holiday called “Día del Encuentro de las Culturas”. The local holiday, who’s name literally translates to “Day of the Encounter of Cultures” (for our linguistically challenged friends from the North), underwent a name change in 1994 after Ticos began to realize that it’s former name, Día de la Raza, much like Donald Trump, was just a little too racist.
“Dia de las Razas”, also known as Día de la Hispanidad or Columbus Day in the US (where they constantly spell the explorers name wrong), has came under fire in recent years due to ridiculous claims by the Liberal Left that rapey Spanish Conquistadors like Christopher Columbus should be condemned rather than celebrated.
Costa Rica decision to change the name of the holiday was part of a concentrated effort to recognize and celebrate the mix of European, Native American, African and Asian cultures that constitute modern Costa Rican culture and ethnicity.
Although the holiday isn’t considered to be an “obligatory double-pay holiday” for everyone, it is for the people in the picture below, and in the end that’s all that really matters.
In accordance to the Costa Rican labor law, the holiday is observed on October 12. However, should the holiday coincide with a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, your employer shall agree to postpone it to the following Monday on which you will still not be paid double…..even if you got here before Columbus.
So regardless of your cultural background, The Costa Rica Post would like to wish all of our readers a very happy Día del Encuentro de las Culturas (unless your last name happens to be Columbus, Colombo, Colón or 哥倫布).