Independence Torch Arrives in Costa Rica This MorningFrom: www.insidecostarica.com
At 8:30am the “Independence Torch” arrives on Costa Rican soil, but it won’t be until 11am when the official ceremonies will take place at Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua, before it begins its travels across Costa Rica.
In keeping with tradition, some 4.000 students are in charge of carrying torch while in Costa Rica.
Due to the ceremony, buses to and from Peñas Blancas will not be running between 7am and noon today, while transport trucks will have to wait until 3pm to begin their regular movements at border.
In addition, the customs service on both sides of the border will not be operating between 9am and noon.
The torch is expected to be in San José by noon on Tuesday and in Cartago by 7pm when Costa Rica’s presidenta will officially receive the torch in a ceremony at the Cartago ruins, to begin the Independence Day celebrations for Wednesday.
The run of the Independence Torch symbolizes the spreading of the news throughout Central America countries of their independence from Spain 189 years ago.
Word of the Day
Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition — more at treason
First Known Use: 14th century
1a: an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) b : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable
2: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
3: cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions
4: characteristic manner, method, or style <in the best liberal tradition>
— tra·di·tion·al adjective
— tra·di·tion·al·ly adverb
— tra·di·tion·less adjective
Border: n. boundary
Operate: v. to perform a function
Ruins: n. the remains of something destroyed —usually used in plural
Symbolize: v. to represent, express, or identify by a symbol
Torch: n. a burning stick of resinous wood or twist of tow used to give light and usually carried in the hand
Love those Phrasal Verbs!
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