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Costa Rica will have traditional Zapote bullfights this year

After they were canceled last year due to the pandemic, one of Costa Rica's most-popular year-end events will occur this December. Costa Rican-style bullfights...

A year ends with no party: The Fiestas de Zapote

The Fiestas de Zapote are a holiday tradition for many Ticos.

Fiestas de Zapote celebrates 50th anniversary with huge crowds on opening night

More than 40,000 festive Ticos attended opening night for the 50th anniversary of the Fiestas de Zapote, Costa Rica's largest end-of-year party. 

Costa Rica prepares for 50th anniversary of Fiestas de Zapote

In December, Costa Rica will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Fiestas de Zapote.

Video: ‘Toros a la tica’ at Fiestas de Zapote

Watch a brief taste of 'toros a la tica,' the iconic (but controversial) Costa Rican tradition.

Tico-style bullfights: some call it animal abuse, others a tradition

Although killing the bull is not allowed in Costa Rica-style bullfights, animal rights advocates claim bulls are subjected to cruel abuse.

Animal rights activists protest against Tico-style bullfights

Dozens of animal rights activists gathered during the opening of the Zapote festival, east of San José, to protest against one of the celebration’s main event: Tico-style bullfights.

Zapote Festivities, Traditional Tope, and other happenings around Costa Rica

A roundup of events taking place Dec. 25 - Jan. 3

Can’t-miss events for a truly Costa Rican Christmas

Want to celebrate the holidays like a Tico, but not sure how to start? Here's our primer.

PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s National Horse Parade attracts thousands to nation’s capital

More than 3,000 horse riders gathered punctually at noon on Friday to begin the 3-kilometer course of Costa Rica’s National Horse Parade, or Tope Nacional. It began at Plaza Víquez, just south of San José's central canton.

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