On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus first landed in America. Costa Ricans mark this historic day with Día de las Culturas, or Day of the Cultures. Three main groups have influenced Costa Rican culture: indigenous people groups, the Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean culture. This day also celebrates people from around the world who have influenced Costa Rica.
The Alto San Luis Elementary School celebrated the day with a special presentation about the history of the indigenous people of Costa Rica and the effects of Columbus’ arrival. They performed traditional Costa Rican dances and also had the chance to sample food from different parts of the world!