Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Costa Rican bullfights in La Guacima

Las corridas de Toros a la Tica (Costa Rican bullfighs) took place this year in La Guacima of Alajuela instead of the traditional location of Zapote. Despite the change there was a lot of excitement as Costa Rican bullfighters (which are nothing but the average Ticos you see on the street) entered the ring to try to touch the bull's horns without getting killed. The Costa Rican bullfights have the peculiarity that no bulls are injured or killed during the celebration, as opposed to the Mexican and Spanish versions. Here are some photos that I hope you will all enjoy.

A Costa Rican man runs from a bull during traditional bullfights to celebrate the New Year in La Guacima of Alajuela, Costa Rica, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Dozens of young men enter the ring to show their courage by trying to touch the bull's horns without getting gored. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Costa Rican bullfighters throw a woman into the air during a break in traditional bullfights to celebrate the New Year in La Guacima of Alajuela, Costa Rica, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Dozens of young men enter the ring to show their courage by trying to touch the bull's horns without getting gored. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Costa Ricans run from a bull during traditional bullfights to celebrate the New Year in La Guacima of Alajuela, Costa Rica, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Dozens of young men enter the ring to show their courage by trying to touch the bull's horns without getting gored. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

A Costa Rican man tries to grab money tied to a bull's horns during traditional bullfights to celebrate the New Year in La Guacima of Alajuela, Costa Rica, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Dozens of young men enter the ring to show their courage by trying to touch the bull's horns without getting gored. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

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