A Tamal and Christmas go hand in hand in Costa Rica, when thousands gathers on Paseo Colón Sunday to enjoy a traditional tamal. In total, some 25.000 talemes were cooked and served up free to all who braved the long lines under the hot sun.

Used were 45 bags of Maseca (a brand of corn flour), 900 cans of chickpeas, 900 jars of “petiopoás” ad 250 cans ground beans.

Paseo Colón, from the east side of the Sabana park to the Scotiabank tower was closed off to vehicular traffic, allowing people to enjoy the traditional foods, music and games offered by the sponsors.

This Saturday, Paseo Colón and Avenida Segunda will be closed off for the traditional “Festival de la Luz” (Light Festival).