The Children’s Festival of Popular Culture of Costa Rica promotes such traditional recreational activities as masquerades, traditional games, oral traditions and the marching band, as well as creating a space for the different communities to express themselves creatively. Through dance, theatre, music, mime and painting, children present their vision of the world.
The Children’s Festival of Popular Culture of Costa Rica promotes such traditional recreational activities as masquerades, traditional games, oral traditions and the marching band, as well as creating a space for the different communities to express themselves creatively. Through dance, theatre, music, mime and painting, children present their vision of the world.

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Children Dancing

Children performing a traditional dance.

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This traditional festivity with masks and music is an occasion for spontaneous dance and the coming together of the community to celebrate significant events such as marriages, first communions, charity fairs and the patron saints’ days of the communities. It is an event which combines expressions of feeling through music and dance and the joy of carnival with personages such as Giant Woman, the Devil and various animals depicted in masks, all together in a festive atmosphere. The marching band is formed by a group of musicians who liven up the festivities with their playing. With their drum, trumpet, cymbals, accordions, trombones and tuba, they march along behind the masked procession through the streets of the neighbourhood or town.
This traditional festivity with masks and music is an occasion for spontaneous dance and the coming together of the community to celebrate significant events such as marriages, first communions, charity fairs and the patron saints’ days of the communities. It is an event which combines expressions of feeling through music and dance and the joy of carnival with personages such as Giant Woman, the Devil and various animals depicted in masks, all together in a festive atmosphere. The marching band is formed by a group of musicians who liven up the festivities with their playing. With their drum, trumpet, cymbals, accordions, trombones and tuba, they march along behind the masked procession through the streets of the neighbourhood or town.

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Masks

Children from Heredia show their craftmanship in masks

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Dance of the maskers

Festival participants join in the dance of the maskers, accompanied by the traditional marching band.

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Stories, songs, legends, games, riddles and anecdotes make up the oral tradition of the country’s different regions and live in the imagination of the children, who hear these narratives from their elders in their communities of origin. Stories told include the adventures of Uncle Rabbit, Anansi the Spider, the Horsehead Woman, the Big Black Dog, the Weeping Woman and Bigeyes. Games such as skipping rope, spinning tops, bowling and skittles are incorporated into this oral tradition. Within this tradition, songs of Afro-Caribbean origin express the lifestyle of the Costa Rican Caribbean coast.
Stories, songs, legends, games, riddles and anecdotes make up the oral tradition of the country’s different regions and live in the imagination of the children, who hear these narratives from their elders in their communities of origin. Stories told include the adventures of Uncle Rabbit, Anansi the Spider, the Horsehead Woman, the Big Black Dog, the Weeping Woman and Bigeyes. Games such as skipping rope, spinning tops, bowling and skittles are incorporated into this oral tradition. Within this tradition, songs of Afro-Caribbean origin express the lifestyle of the Costa Rican Caribbean coast.

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Mime is an artistic activity involving gestures and bodily expression without the use of voice. The characters paint their faces white, dress in black and with special gestures and body movements act out in front of an audience the message they wish to communicate. Sometimes this activity has musical accompaniment. The message has to do with the life experiences of the urban groups participating in the Festival.
Mime is an artistic activity involving gestures and bodily expression without the use of voice. The characters paint their faces white, dress in black and with special gestures and body movements act out in front of an audience the message they wish to communicate. Sometimes this activity has musical accompaniment. The message has to do with the life experiences of the urban groups participating in the Festival.

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Oral Tradition and Games in Folklore

Oral Tradition and Games in Folklore

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Mime

Mime is a form of artistic expression.

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Workshops have been conducted during the Festival to collect opinions from children about the ecological situation and the view of the world they have from the perspective of their communities of different ethnic origin.
Children express the topics on their mind in a rich variety of ways including through pictures, drawings, speech and writing.
Workshops have been conducted during the Festival to collect opinions from children about the ecological situation and the view of the world they have from the perspective of their communities of different ethnic origin.
Children express the topics on their mind in a rich variety of ways including through pictures, drawings, speech and writing.

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International Project on the Earth Charter

Children who express their opinion of the values and principles needed for a sustainable world, contributing to the International Project on the Earth Charter.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Describe some aspects of traditional Costa Rican culture, using examples from the arts
  • Describe efforts of Costa Rican peoples to maintain their cultural traditions

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