Boyero

Boyero’s  day is a celebration that takes place in San Antonio de Escazú, Costa Rica,  every year on March 14. The traditional oxcart, or carreta and oxens parade from downtown Escazú to the Church of San Antonio, in a long caravan. In the wagons are usually children in costume. The oxcart is a national symbol, and is notable for presenting the colorful. They are painted by hand.

The “boyeo” or working with ox-carts is one of the most ingrained traditions in the Costarican being. It was originated in the colonial period and developed in the XIX and XX centuries. Even though the “boyeo” is less currently used, its practice still keeps its usage in diverse areas of the country. The “boyeo” has being used as a national emblem because it refers to the identity of the people of Costa Rica. The image of the “boyero” with his cart and with his ox-yoke is part of the history of countless Costarican families. Thousands of tourists and visitors to admire and enjoy the traditions policies, as they offer typical food and local music.

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El día del Boyero es una celebración que se realiza en San Antonio de Escazú, todos los años el 14 de Marzo. Todas las carretas y los bueyes desfilan desde el centro de Escazú hasta la Iglesia de San Antonio, en una larga caravana. En las carretas van por lo general niños con trajes típicos. La carreta es un símbolo nacional, y llama la atención por el gran colorido que presentan. Se pintan a mano.

El boyeo es una de las tradiciones mas arraigadas en el ser costarricense, originada en el periodo colonial y desarrollada en los siglos XIX y XX, que aunque ha declinado todavía mantiene vigencia en varias zonas del país. El boyeo ha sido utilizado como emblema nacional y por ende, referente identitario. La imagen del boyero con su carreta y yunta de bueyes es parte de la historia de muchas familias costarricense . Son miles los turistas y visitantes que admiran y disfrutan de las tradiciones ticas, ya que se ofrecen comidas típicas y música autóctona.

Fuente/ Source:

Repositorio de las Revistas Cientificas de la universidad de Costa Rica. Articulo Costarriqueñismos en el léxico del boyeo. Autora Giselle Chang Vargas.

Photos by: Kivert Carmona Rivas

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