Friday 18 June 2021

Pica e’ Leña, a Costa Rican Tradition That Refuses to Disappear

With the Sun coming out behind them, men worked happily recalling the times of axe. Photo: Ariana Crespo
With the Sun coming out behind them, men worked happily recalling the times of axe. Photo: Ariana Crespo

COSTA RICA PHOTOS — On Saturday, November 8,  Nicoyanos woke up very early to celebrate the traditional Pica e’ Leña (Choping wood), activity that pays tribute to the patron saint of the canton, the Virgin of Guadalupe. The activity began at 4 am, although some spent the night awake.

In the building name La Cofradía, known as the Virgin House, women handed out pozol (typical food made with corn), coffee, tortillas and bagels. After hundreds of faithful men had breakfast, they headed with axe in hand to the land where wood was waiting to be chopped.

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Source: Vozdeguancaste.com

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