Saturday, December 27, 2008

Costa Rican bullfights in Zapote

Las corridas de Toros a la Tica (Costa Rican bullfighs) were held once again in the traditional location of Zapote.

The fans were delighted as they saw the Costa Rican bullfighters (which are nothing but the average Ticos you see on the street) enter 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 was held during the last week of December and the first week of January. Here are some photos by Juan Carlos Ulate from Reuters news agency:

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