Lawmakers seek to designate Guanacaste traditions as national heritage

bulls030215Lawmakers from two political parties are sponsoring a bill that would enshrine as national heritage certain traditions from Guanacaste.

The proposal addresses bull riding, called montadera de toros al estilo rústico Guanacasteco, and carreras de cintas. The carrera is an ancient competition on horseback that has been imported from Spain. Riders try to snatch dangling material as they ride by a full gallop.

The proposal also seeks to designate the 100-year-old Plaza Los Mangos de Santa Cruz as an historic site.

Also on the list are the topes de toros or bull parades into the arena.

Sponsoring the bills are Johnny Leiva of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana and Marta Arauz Mora and Juan Marín Quirós, both of the Partido Liberación Nacional.

The bill is No. 19.487.

Bull riding and the carrera de cintas may have originated in Guanacaste, but the sports are all over the country now.

No fiesta would be complete without bull riding and that unique Costa Rican bull baiting.

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