In Costa Rica it seems that everyone and everything has their day. Some of these special days are official holidays, while others are not. Here are a few days that are recognized in Costa Rica: Mother’s Say, Father’s Day, Children’s Day, Senior’s Day (for retirees), Secretary’s Day, Earth Day, people’s Saints Days, Gay Pride Day and even International Sex Worker’s Day (yes you heard right) and a whole lot more.
October 14 is World Egg Day when celebrations and activities are held to honor our oval-shaped friend. Every year Costa Rica’s National Chamber of Egg Producers (Canavi), sponsors a series of events to pay tribute to the egg at Juan Santamaría Park, right across the highway from the country’s airport which bears the same name. Those attending can sample different egg-based dishes and view different forms of art made of egg shells. Two egg-laying contests will also be featured at this year’s festivities.
The first competition is for the hen that lays the largest egg. Super Lola, Cuquita and Melissa (the holder of the record for the biggest egg) are three hens who will compete for the top prize. The participants are really pampered so that they perform at their peak level. For example, the participants are given special feed with vitamins and a lot of TLC.
The second contest will be to see who can pack more eggs into cartons in a specific period of time.
This is just one of the many cultural events which expat retirees can attend while living in Costa Rica.
On the serious side, eggs are an inexpensive source of protein. Researchers at the University of Costa Rica’s School of Agronomic Engineering have found a natural method to improve the intake of selenium, a mineral that is important for health but scarce in the Costa Rican diet, by enhancing the amount of that nutrient inside enriched eggs. Selenium(selenio in Spanish) is a trace mineral that helps strengthen the immune system. Among other benefits, the micronutrient contributes to the prevention of various types of cancer, including gastric, lung and prostate cancer. It is also is an antioxidant that helps prevent cardiovascular disease and also protects against free radicals, meaning it retards aging and prevents degenerative disease.
On the average 2,750,000 eggs are consumed daily in Costa Rica with each person eating 205 per year.
By the way, there are currently more than 400 egg producers in Costa Rica to satisfy the demand for this product.