Religion in Costa Rica

About 90% of the population is Roman Catholic.  However religious freedom is granted by the constitution.

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On Holy Week (semana santa), the week before easter, is a national holyday and everything stops for lunch time on Thursday until mid Saturday.  This time of the year its supposed to be a time of prayers and good behavior, but people in almost every place of Costa Rica take it as an excuse for vacations with many trips to the beach.

The smallest towns have their own churches or chapels. When you drive by dirt roads in the more distant towns of Costa Rica, especially on Sundays, you will see lots of people walking to the Sunday catholic or protestant services

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