Monday marked the beginning of the Fiestas Típicas Nacionales de Santa Cruz 2013 in the Guanacaste canton. The celebration came with an announcement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud that the event will now be categorized as a national cultural event, “Tope de Toros.”
Topes are Costa Rican versions of rodeos and are traditions from the Guanacaste region that have been passed down from generation to generation, said the cultural ministry.
The most recent one was a horse tope last Thursday for the Fiestas de Palmares.
The declaration from Manuel Obregón, cultural minister, will be published in Costa Rica’s official journal La Gaceta in the upcoming days, the ministry said.
“It is a pride for me, as a representative of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, to participate in the Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz 2013, which protects the traditions of one of the most emblematic cities of our country,” said Obregon.
“This year is very special because we have important news: the Recorrido del Tope de Toros en las Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz 2013 will be declared in the next few days as a cultural interest by the Dirección de Cultura del Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.” he continued.
According to the minister, the Tope de Toros is important because it preserves the traditions of Costa Ricans and motivates the new generations to know their roots.
It also will promote other cultural activities such as local art, literary works, handicrafts, the elements of the cattle ranch and the local “grito guanacasteco” which expresses the spirit of the province. All these elements distinguishes and differentiates the region from the rest of the country, he said.
“So we celebrate together this declaration of cultural interest and are proud of who we are, our culture and our identity,” Obregón said.
The Santa Cruz festivals will last until Sunday and will feature bull riding, running of the bulls, bull parades and cultural events in the town amphitheater.
Today is Día del Santo Patrono and there will be a special ceremony in honor of the day at 9 a.m. in the amphitheater and will conclude with a procession with a statue of the local patron, the Santo Cristo de Esquipulas to the local park.
Saturday is the Tope Típico de Caballos at 1 p.m.