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|Marks Costa Rica's annexation of Guanacaste province in 1824|
Guanacaste day is public holiday in Costa Rica, celebrated on 25 July.
Also known as 'Annexation of Nicoya Day', It marks the annexation of Guanacaste in 1824, when the province became part of Costa Rica.
Spanish rule in the central Americas ended in 1812 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1824, Costa Rica was part of the Federal Republic of Central America, along with other states such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The region of Guanacaste was part of Nicaragua and bordered the northern part of Costa Rica. In the three major cities in Guanacaste, there had been open meetings discussing a switch from Nicaragua to Costa Rica. A referendum was called to decide on what to do. In the referendum, Nicoya and Santa Cruz voted yes to joining Costa Rica, while Liberia voted to stay with Nicaragua. The overall result was in favour of the annexation by Costa Rica.
The Central American Federal Republic duly passed the law and signed it on 25 July 1824, allowing Guanacaste Province become part of Costa Rican territory.
On Guanacaste Day, banks, government offices and most businesses will be closed. Shops and restaurants will remain open.