Once again, cooking fires were lit in La Cofradía de Nuestra Señorita Virgen de Guadalupe (The Confraternity of Our Lady the Virgin of Guadalupe) in Nicoya this Sunday, November 13. Many people from Nicoya and other nearby towns arrived with their axes in hand and empty stomachs to have breakfast at dawn and then go to a property on the slopes of La Cruz hill, where they celebrate the traditional Pica e’ leña firewood chopping.
In this activity, people gather to chop and prepare firewood for the festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, one of the most important traditions of the Nicoyan people and one that has survived through the centuries without interruption. For the last two years, it had to be held virtually and with reduced capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s why, this year, the brotherhood and the streets of the colonial city once again witnessed the return to the large scale Pica e’ leña, hand in hand with adults who keep the celebration alive and well along with girls, boys and young people who are starting to get involved to keep it alive for many more years to come.