S: Pura Vida: Social Customs of Costa Rica
FC: Pura Vida: Social Customs of Costa Rica
1: The phrase "pura vida" means "plenty of life" in Spanish. The culture of Costa Rica is wholly emphasized by this ideal and people live their life accordingly. Most native are friendly, hospitable, and live their life to the fullest.
3: "Pura vida" is also used as both a greeting and farewell to encourage others to live well and happy. It is known universally in Costa Rica, so wherever you say it, people will understand.
4: There are many enjoyable ways to spend time in Costa Rica. In the home, you would find extended family living together and most grown children remain with their parents until marriage. Older children have responsibilities for helping to take care of younger children, just like you might help with your younger brother or sister.
6: Children dress formally for most occasions and speak respectfully and maturely to adults and each other. | To Costa Ricans, or Ticos as they refer to themselves as, life is best lived full of culture and poise.
8: You wouldn't make friends very easily if you weren't friendly and polite, but this is especially true in Costa Rica. Being hospitable and welcoming is an expected aspect of their social customs.
11: Women are in charge of taking care of children, meals, and other household duties while men are responsible for agricultural tasks and other labor. | Some women work outside the home, but they are still responsible for the domestic chores.
13: Socializing is common and happens most often and restaurants and bars. This is where adults spend time with their friends or go to meet new people. There are also many cultural festivals and events where children can be part of the fun.
14: Another popular social custom in Costa Rica is street performing.
15: As a Tico, life is all about making friends and having fun; work comes second. Some things they like to do for fun are dance, cook, have parties, and watch sports.
17: Soccer, or futbol as it's called in Costa Rica, is the most popular sport. Almost everyone is a futbol fan and love attending games and supporting their local and national teams.
19: Overall, there are many social customs that one is able to enjoy and practice in Costa Rica. Be friendly, have fun, and don't worry so much!
20: Resources | Informational Sources: http://www.everyculture.com/Bo-Co/Costa-Rica.html http://www.experiencecostarica.org
21: Photo Credits: Photo Courtesy Bailey Reimer, 2011, for most photos. Other photos resources: http://es.costaricabeauty.com/images/mejores-fotos/Pura-Vida-Costa-Rica.jpg http://costaricacloseup.com/surfincostarica/files/2011/07/costa-rica-surf-yoga-pura-vida-adventures.jpg http://paradiseprofits.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/cr-culture2.jpg http://www.payvand.com/news/08/jan/Iran-CostaRica-soccer.jpg http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2358/2398758049_d19cf00d29_z.jpg