2nd Sunday in March, 2016 Sunday 13: National Day Bootes.


What is the reason?

Costa Rican farmers, commanding his wagon and oxen with their people, have exercised the office of boyeo for generations. A craft learned from childhood, with his family. Are men, mainly, who inherited the tradition of boyeo, however, women have always participated in tradition and in recent years have assumed an important leadership.

They learn to bear the burden of the yoke and the wagon, and his temperament is shaped to receive with submission instructions herdsman.

Chuzo stimuli and orders of the master, who live with daily engage in gestures of affection, trust and obedience, facilitate the work. The pike can establish hierarchies, but is not used to attack the animal.

Ploughing the field or spin the wheels of the mill. Transporting firewood, sugar cane, corn and other products. Bring coffee to the port to trade for salt and some grains. Move to the sick, providing freight service or hiking. These have been some of the functions I herdsman, oxen and wagon, have allowed the development of Costa Rica.

What is the meaning?

Boyeo tradition and painted wagon is one of the most deeply rooted in our collective memory social phenomena. Special relevance farmer’s relationship with his cart, the pride that deserves its decoration, its use for both work and for social and family life, his presence in the many artistic disciplines, in popular language.