Guanacaste Day

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Guanacaste Day
Observed by Costa Rica
Type Historical
Significance Celebration of Costa Rican annexation
Date July 25th
Next time 25 July 2017 (2017-07-25)
Frequency annual

Guanacaste Day is a Costa Rican holiday celebrating Costa Rica's annexation of Guanacaste province in 1824. It is celebrated on July 25th.


Also known as the Nicoya´s annexation, it was the transition of a big chunk of land from Nicaragua to Costa Rica in 1824.

That land had three mayor cities, Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Liberia, after a few negotiations in open meetings the three cities decided to call a referendum which took place in Nicoya.

It was a divided decision, Nicoya and Santa Cruz voted yes, only Liberia voted no. So the annexation won.

And finally the Central American Federal Republic passed the law and signed it on July 25th 1824. Allowing Guanacaste Province become part of Costa Rican territory.