Depending on which statistic you read, about 70% to 90% of the population is Roman Catholic, at least in principle. In practice, many people tend to go to church only at the time of birth, marriage and death, but they consider themselves Catholics nevertheless. Religious processions on holy days are generally less fervent or colourful than those found in other Latin American countries. Holy Week (the week before Easter) is a national holiday; everything including some buses, stops operating at lunchtime on Maundy Thursday and doesn't start up again until Holy Saturday.
The blacks on the Caribbean coast tend to be Protestant, though some traditional African and Caribbean beliefs persist. Most other denominations have a church in or around San José. Various fundamentalist and evangelist groups, as well as Mormons, are slowly gaining some adherents. There is a small Jewish community with a B'Nai Israel temple and synagogue, and a sprinkling of people hold Middle Eastern and Asian religious beliefs, including Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims.
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