Saturday, December 29, 2007

Toros a la Tica

Las corridas de Toros a la Tica (Costa Rican bullfighs) returned this year to the traditional location of Zapote.

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.

Since the middle of the 19th Century, people from all over the country attend this kind of rodeo at the end of the year as a traditional celebration to say farewell to the old year.

The event this year ran from December 25 to January 6. Here are some photos by Juan Carlos Ulate from Reuters News Agency:


Spectators watch as people run around a bull during the annual bullfight festival at the Zapote bullring in San Jose December 29, 2007. More than 200 bullfighters participated in the traditional end-of-year impromptu bullfight.

A man gestures to a bull during the annual bullfight festival at the Zapote bullring in San Jose December 29, 2007.

A bull tosses a man during the annual bullfight festival at the Zapote bullring in San Jose December 29, 2007.

A man runs away from a bull during the annual bullfight festival at the Zapote bullring in San Jose December 29, 2007.

A bull chases a man during the annual bullfight festival at the Zapote bullring in San Jose December 29, 2007.

A bull attacks a man that lies on the floor during the annual bullfight festival in San Jose December 29, 2007.

A rider tries to catch a bull during the annual bullfight festival at the Zapote bullring in San Jose December 29, 2007.

A man rides a bull during the annual bullfight festival at the Zapote bullring in San Jose December 29, 2007.










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