Every year on the 14th and 15th of September everyone at the butterfly garden takes the pleasure in participating in Costa Ricas independance from Spain. In 1821 Guatemala won the battle against spain and all of Central America gained independance. They needed to spread the news as fast as possible so the locals lit torches and walked from town to town spreading the news until they finally reached Costa Rica about one month later.
On the night of the 14th everyone makes little lanterns that look like houses and walk in the streets remembering how they spread word from town to town that they were now free from Spain. Little kids dress in typical Costa Rican outfits from the time period. Then on the morning of the 15th there is a large parade with floats and marching bands and music. It is a time of family and remembrance of home.