Annual Fiestas Kick Off in Caimital and Samara

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Time to polish up your cowboy boots and belt buckles to look spiffy for the next round of traditional community festivals.

This season the first community to host fiestas in the canton of Nicoya will be Caimital, this weekend from December 13 to 16. According to Maria Teresa Salas Murillo, president of the community’s development association, this year the fiestas are being organized by the Catholic church and funds raised will be used to build a wall tapia and install drainage at the church to prevent flooding of the street at the corner where the church is located. 

The beginning of the festivities will be announced with the traditional explosion of rockets bombas at noon on Friday, the 13th, followed by the horse parade at 3:30 p.m., a folkloric dance with the Ojoche dance group from Nicoya’s Technical Professional High School (CTP) at 5 p.m.  Bull riding begins around 6 p.m. each evening, followed by a dance in the community hall at 9 p.m. with Alternativo Juvenil Discomovil.

Saturday highlights include a concert at 4 p.m. with the groups Kabuya of Nicoya and Souhlinaje. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the public can try bull riding calves at the ternerada, followed by the festival of bands at 4 p.m. After the evening’s bull riding event, the popular musical group Azul Plata will perform at the dance in the community hall, and the fiestas will wrap up on Monday, the 16th, with one final bull riding event and discomovil dance.

For the end of the year, Samara will host their annual fiestas from December 27 until January 1. Funds raised by these fiestas are managed by the Samara Progressive Association (APROSA) to support community projects throughout the year. 

The queen for the Samara fiestas will be crowned during a dance in the community hall on Saturday, December 21, with the musical group Caldera. Bull riding will take place nightly beginning on Saturday, December 27 at 6 p.m. 

On Saturday, the bull riding will be followed by a dance at 10 p.m. with Mekatelyu at the tent in the fairground. On Monday, December 30, brave boys and girls can try mounting a calf at the ternerada at 10 a.m. Another highlight will be the horse exhibition during the bull riding event on Tuesday, December 31.  

During the new year, the fiestas continue in Nosara from January 22 to 27, then in Nicoya from February 5 to 10, transmitting live on channel 7 on February 8. Garza will also host fiestas in February, although the exact dates have yet to be defined.