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    Festivities in San Ramon, Alajuela Continue Until Sept 7

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    The city of San Ramon invites you become part of their family with traditional music, food, and dancing!

    Did you know that Festejos Patronales in San Ramon, Alajuela are among the oldest annual celebrations in Costa Rica? While the event may have religious roots, all are welcome to become una familia en fiesta. Held in the city’s central park, Festejos Patronales is free to the public and will continue with full days of activities until September 7th.

    Novena of Patron Saint Raymond Nonnatus

    The festival opened this past week with a novena to San Ramon, who is also known in English as Saint Raymond. While dedications were held in various communities around the city, each shared a daily common theme.

    In the Catholic faith, a novena is an act of pious devotion to a specific saint. For nine days the faithful participant engages in public and private prayers “to implore special favors, or to make special petitions.” The Anglican Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church also occasionally partake in the ritual.

    A patron saint, in turn, is a saint who is believed to be able to intercede for certain themes or locations. For example, St. Francis of Assisi is said to be the caretaker of animals, and St. Raymond Nonnatus is the guardian of San Ramon city. Tomorrow, in fact, is St. Raymond’s feast day.

    Let the Festivities Begin!

    Following the completion the novena last Thursday, the Festejos Patronales or Patron Festivities of San Ramon took a more vivacious turn with dancing and the election of the 2015 “reining family” of the week, the Parroquial Center.

    Each day begins with Catholic Pass at the Parroquial Temple, then continues with plenty of fine food and music. TCRN has highlighted a few events you may like to attend, but a full schedule is available in Spanish here.

    1. The Entering of Saints, a 160-year-old tradition
    2. Chiqui-Chiqui, band
    3. Humberto Vargas, singer-songwriter
    4. The Vargas Brothers, band
    5. Victor Kapuscka (from Abracadabra)
    6. Rogelio Cisneros, singer
    7. Banda de Puntarenas, band
    8. La Mini-Banda, band
    9. Añoranza Italiana, dance group
    10. Marimbas del Colegio Patriarca, band
    11. Abraham Project, non-profit
    12. Erick Sánchez y Su Orquesta, band
    13. Clasica de Atletismo, race
    14. Cattle Parade, a 20-year-old tradition
    15. Elena Umaña, singer
    16. La Solución, band
    17. Mango Verde, band

    Header image via Festejos San RamonCR.

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