Happy Central American Independence Day to all

by Alice

A look around the region on Central American Independence Day, as five countries celebrate the 201st anniversary of independence from Spain.

Today Central America celebrates its independence from Spain. For Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, 15 September 2023 marks 202 years of independence. That means it’s time to celebrate if you’re in one of these five countries. Wherever you are, you will see parades and civic activities in almost every city, town, village and municipality in the region.


Central Americans – as a whole – are deeply patriotic. A year ago, on the 200th Independence Day of Central America, we wrote the following:


“Anyone who lives in, has lived in, or has visited any country in Central America knows how patriotic the people are. There’s something very refreshing about how much Costa Ricans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans love their countries, no matter how hard their lives may be. Coming from Europe, where we’re super cynical about such things (probably because we’re the ones who gave Central America its independence), it feels like a breath of fresh air.


Below, as we do every year, we’ll take to social media to give you an idea of what’s happening in the region today for Central American independence. It’s become a habit of ours to curate images and tweets from the five celebrating countries every 15th of September.

And as always, we wish all Central Americans at home and abroad – as well as expats, immigrants and tourists in the region – a wonderful Independence Day. Enjoy yourselves!



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