If you owned a restaurant in the US, would you offer a Thanksgiving meal in October for any Canadians living in your area? (my guess is probably not)
Frequently asked question this time of year on Costa Rica Facebook groups:
What local restaurants are offering a Thanksgiving meal?
This post is for both locals and for tourists visiting from the US. One, if you’re an expat living here, make the dinner yourself. Two, if you’re a visitor, don’t plan your Costa Rica vacation around a US holiday that you want to celebrate.
Costa Rica is not a US territory. It does not celebrate a US Thanksgiving (or a Canadian one). That also goes for other holidays. Independence Day is September 15th, not July 4th. It’s frustrating to me that expats are looking for fireworks on July 4th.
Last year, ICE (the electric company) had planned an outage for November 28, which just happened to be the fourth Thursday. So many people complained that they wouldn’t be able to cook their Thanksgiving dinner that ICE rescheduled their work for another day.
Here’s the takeaway: if you decide to live in another country, learn what that country’s holidays and traditions are and celebrate THOSE days. Participate in the festivities of the country you are living in. If you want to have your own personal celebration for your country’s holidays, that’s great. But don’t make local establishments change their schedules or prepare something special for you. Does Thanksgiving really have to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November? No…considering you’ve chosen not to even live in the US, you could technically celebrate it any day…or every day.