Events in Costa Rica
Día de los Boyeros
Have you ever wondered what the origin is of the beautifully painted oxcarts which function as a national symbol of Costa Rica
Every second Sunday in March, El Día de los Boyeros (Day of the Oxcart driver) is a very artistic, colorful and exciting festival celebrated in San Antonio de Escazu, a suburb of San Jose. Over a 100 magnificently painted and decorated oxcarts and even more oxen gather in a parade, where every boyero hopes to be awarded for the most precious oxcart combination.
The oxcarts used to function as the main way to haul crops from the farm to the market, as well as the transportation from the mountains to ports on the coast. This festivity is also the time when a priest comes to bless the crops and animals the farmers have brought to the parade.
Besides the parade, this day is filled with traditional marimba, lots of food, local handcrafts and fun. A great way to taste Costa Rica's culture!