Encuentro de Culturas
October 12 th is a Cultural day in Costa Rica.Costa Ricans commemorates the ethnic diversity of the country. The existence America was unknown for a long time, but an expedition undertaken by Columbus allowed its "discovery", conquest and colonization. The discovery was made on October 12, 1492. The native habitants of this continent were called "Indians". After exploring the coasts, rivers, and land, they realized that it was actually a New World. October 12th celebrates the day Columbus discovered America.
The arrival of the Spanish in the New World changed direction after 502 years. This occurred in 1994, when promulgating the Law on Culture Day. Thus, the traditional Columbus Day became obsolete and was replaced by a new meaning. The same is based on tolerance, recognizes the prevailing ethnic diversity in America and does not deny the heritage of Spain, the legacy of the indigenous and the African contribution, among others. When approved Cultures Day definitely clarified that the roots of Costa Rica, like those of other Latin American countries, stems from three interacting cultures since 1492. They are the Spanish, Indian and African-Caribbean cultures. This celebration also serves to recognize that since the middle of the last century, Costa Rica has benefited from European, American, Asian, Hebrew and Arabic immigrations.