Waterfall is a traditional software engineering methodology that has been around a long time. In the early days of software development, the waterfall approach worked fine in situations where analysis, design and coding were all step-by-step phases. In today’s software development world, things are much more dynamic, and far less clean-cut. And many software development projects do not fit into a rigid step-by-step process. In reaction to the waterfall methodology, a new approach for software development has evolved. This agile approach focuses on product testing throughout product development, and working in short bursts to complete manageable tasks. Agile software development allows you to change the process or product at any time during the software development process. There is room to refine a product, change direction, and to even make mistakes. This approach aims to work through the problem in a timely matter in order to create the best end product possible. In an agile software environment, there tends to be more visibility with less risk throughout the product development process, not to mention lower costs.
Soccer or fútbol has been a part of the Costa Rican lifestyle since well before the 1900s. According to many historians, Costa Ricans began playing soccer around 1876. A decade later, Costa Rica established their first official team. England was a part of the creation of Costa Rica’s pastime by providing a regulation sized ball. Along with uniforms and equipment, San Jose County in Tibás, Costa Rica, became the first in the country to promote organized games and sport clubs. By the early 1900s, the people of San Jose Costa Rica had begun practicing and participating in other organized sports including baseball, basketball and horseback riding. Out of all of these activities and sports, Costa Ricans have long embraced their roots with a widespread love of the game of soccer. Because San Jose is considered the foundation of soccer in Costa Rica, this city has been supporting, preserving and promoting this activity since 1904. After more than seven attempts to form a national soccer federation, Costa Rica joined the National Soccer League (Liga Nacional de Fútbol) on June 13, 1921. With the help of the seven major soccer teams in Costa Rica, the foundation of this league became a part of a large movement for this country’s culture. This organization gave young children aspirations and goals of becoming a future member of one of the first division soccer teams in Costa Rica. While only three of the seven founding teams exist today, these seven teams are responsible for Costa Rica’s entry into the International Football Association (FIFA) in 1927.
Approximately 80 percent of the Costa Rican population identifies themselves as Roman Catholics. This large community has influenced the country to designate Roman Catholicism as the official religion of Costa Rica. Because of the large devotion, this country has established many important national holidays around Catholic holidays. While the first celebration of mothers can be traced all the way back to the ancient goddesses and other Christian celebrations, Costa Rica celebrates for another time and reason. With the help of history and other important historical figures, many countries now celebrate Mother’s Day every year. However, not every country celebrates their mothers on the same day. For example, in America, Mother’s Day is celebrated in early May on the first or second Sunday of the month, depending on the calendar year. For mothers in Costa Rica, their day has a faithful heritage. August 15th is Mother’s Day in Costa Rica and it is also a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholic believers. This is the day Catholics believe that Mary’s body was taken into heaven. The Assumption of Mary is a feast day recognizing the selfless and earthly life of Mary and the divinity associated with her heavenly soul. This a sacred and blessed day for Catholics and has provided a national holiday for mothers in Costa Rica. The deep faith of this country has established not only a day of catholic observance, but also a day for hardworking mothers to be appreciated and revered. Costa Rica has very strong roots in faith, so it makes perfect sense to establish August 15th as Mother’s Day. This day not only recognizes the Immaculate Mother of God, but Costa Rican mothers too. Mother’s day in Costa Rica was not made to take anything away from the divinity of the Blessed Mother, but as a way for each and every person to have the opportunity to appreciate the importance of all mothers. This is an important day in Costa Rica, one that is taken seriously and is revered. Many spend the day with their mothers, offering gifts and treats. While much of the time is spent with family, this day also has a spiritual focus concentrated on Mary. On this national holiday, banks and schools are shut down to give mothers of all kind the respect and celebration they deserve. Some families prepare for this celebration by raising a pig to be slaughtered and shared while other celebrate in the street with local parades. This Costa Rican holiday represents a special time in the country. Mother’s day encourages the children and families of Costa Rica to be thankful for their Heavenly Mother, as well as their own mother. It is an important lesson and privilege for many Costa Ricans.
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