Like every country, Costa Rica has some iconic animals and objects that represent it, most them have been called as national symbols, with their own meaning in this country’s history. Costa Rica is full of different type of animals, places, nature, culture, and objects that make this country so unique. Some of the national symbols are:
The National Emblem: every single part of this emblem represents something in this country’s story. It has an arc made out of coffee beans, which represents the main source of income many years ago, it has three volcanoes, seven stars that stand for the seven provinces, the boats represent the commercial and cultural exchange, and the sun represents the welfare and prosperity.
The Flag: Costa Rica’s flag is inspired in France’s flag, each color has its own meaning.Blue: represents the sky that covers Costa Rica and the ideals for forging a democratic nation. White: represents purity, goodness and peace.Red: represents the blood shed by Costa Ricans in the fight for their freedom. Blue: represents the beautiful sky that covers this country.
Guanacaste Tree: the province of Guanacaste used to be part of Nicaragua’s territory, but they decided to annex to Costa Rica in 1824. This is called The Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya to Costa Rica. Due to this event, the country decided to name their most popular tree as a national symbol.
National Oxcart: this type of transportation is used in many countries but Costa Rican kind are famous for their unique and colorful painted designs on the cart, wheels and oxen yoke that include geometric patterns, flowers, and many other things. Oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans, sugar cane, corn and other goods all around the country, the journey would take 10 to 20 days to arrive to their final destination. This oxcart represents the work in Costa Rica.
The White Tailed Deer and The Manatee: this beautiful deer represents Costa Rica’s wildlife, and the manatee represents the countries marine mammals, this animal is in danger of extinction, this is why it is very hard to find them and their sanctuaries are really secured and protected.
This are some of the most important National Symbols in Costa Rica, there are others like the Independence Torch that represents liberty, The National Anthem, The Marimba which is music instrument that represents traditional music and anthems.
Costa Rica has an extensive and incredible culture, and the best way to understand it, is by visiting this breathtaking country.