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Published on Thursday, November 25, 2021
By the A.M. Costa  Rica staff

Most readers already know that Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated mainly in the United States and Canada.

The U.S. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which is today. While in Canada the celebration was marked on the second Monday of October.

According to the Virginia Historical Society, the 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest, which the Pilgrims celebrated with Native Americans, who helped them pass the last winter by giving them food in the time of scarcity. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Due to this American holiday, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Section will remain closed today. The diplomatic headquarters will reopen to the public again Friday at the normal time from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Taking into account the well-known sanitary guidelines to avoid getting infected by covid-19 and the driving restrictions. Here are some options to celebrate Thanksgiving:

In Costa Rica, the Horizon Church in Jaco Beach, Puntarenas, will host their “Generosity” series. The meeting in-person or virtual at 10 a.m. on Sunday, led by missionaries Daniel and Sarah Barrett. For more information call 8492-6816 or visit the church's Facebook page.

Another leading organization for expats is the English Christian Fellowship,  they will host a regular meeting in-person or virtual at the Comunidad Cristiana Celebracion, in Santa Ana, San Jose, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, led by Rev. Donald Ridder. For more information call 8395-9653 or visit the church’s Facebook page.

Another way to celebrate Thanksgiving, for readers, who don't want to spend the whole day cooking is to go celebrate outside.

Today, Los Sueños Marina Resort Thanksgiving dinner at the marina located in Herradura Beach in Puntarenas Province. Readers have two restaurant options there to book the dinner, the Hook-Up or the Laterna. In both, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family (12 to 15 people) includes 25 pounds of roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, pumpkin and apple pie at $340. Another option is a Thanksgiving special dinner including juicy sliced turkey with stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, homemade cranberry sauce, and a slice of pumpkin pie at $29.50 pp. For reservation call 2360-4050.

Saturday and Sunday, Villas Rio Mar Hotel in Dominical Beach, Puntarenas Province, is offering a special Thanksgiving dinner including 300 grams of New York Steak in tamarind and blackberry sauce, crispy broccoli, mushroom brochettes and traditional coffee tiramisu dessert at $45 pp. For reservation call 2787-0052.

Today, Thanksgiving American-German style dinner at the German Club in San Pedro Canton. Dinner includes pumpkin soup, Waldorf salad, stuffed oven-roasted turkey and pecan pie at $28 pp. For reservations call 2225-0366.

Today at Holiday Inn Hotel in downtown San José, the Thanksgiving buffet-style lunch includes salad, pumpkin soup, vegetables, mash potatoes, turkey brochettes, gravy sauce, stuffing pumpkin pie at $13. For reservations call 2523 1000.

Today at Gingerbread restaurant, in Arenal in Guanacaste, offers a full thanksgiving dinner and live music. For reservations, call 2694 0039.

Today at Fuego Brew restaurant in Dominical Beach, Puntarenas, Thanksgiving lunch or dinner includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, salad, pumpkin pie at $29 pp. For reservations call 8373-0635.

Today at Tambor Tropical Beach Resort at Tambor Beach in the Nicoya Peninsula, Puntarenas, the Thanksgiving dinner includes Waldorf salad, roasted turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes and dessert at $30 pp. For reservations call 2683-0011.

Today at Inter Continental Hotel in Escazu, San José, the Thanksgiving dinner buffet includes salad, roasted turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes and pecan pie at $55 pp. For reservations call 2208-2142

On Sunday at Marriott Hotel in Heredia, the offer is traditional American-style dinner at $48 pp including tenderloin steak or chicken breast or pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, pumpkin cream, turkey brochettes and pecan pie. Children from 6 to 12 years receive a 50% discount. For reservations call 2298-0168 or 2298-0000.

On Sunday, at Residence Inn by Marriott, also in Escazú, San José, the Thanksgiving buffet lunch includes salad, vegetables, mash potatoes, gravy sauce, turkey brochettes and dessert at $23 pp and $12 for the children's menu. For reservations call 2588-4300.

This week at Denny's American restaurant located in Alajuela, Curridabat and Escazu in San José, the Thanksgiving fast-food menu includes pumpkin pecan pancake, holiday turkey meal sandwich, turkey and dressing dish. Reservations are not required. For any questions call 2431-5050, 2520-2500 or 2271-9090.

The A.M. Costa Rica staff wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. citizens readers! We next publish on Friday, Nov. 26, after taking a short Thanksgiving break today. But if anything major happens we will keep our readers informed.

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