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Long live Guanacastan culture!/¡Vivamos la Guanacastequidad!


 

The month of July is a great celebration for everyone from the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. On July 25, 1824, the Nicoya Party, a political-administrative Spanish colony, which is now part of the province of Guanacaste, was annexed to the country of Costa Rica. The slogan of the annexation is “Of the Fatherland for our Own Will,” and that phrase is now part of the district’s crest.

But, what is the symbolic meaning of this date? Guanacaste added to Costa Rica a great variety of culture and traditions that include music, dances, foods, sayings and customs, as well as economic pursuits such as agriculture and the cattle industry, rich soil, majestic rivers and beautiful beaches. This marvelous gift is the “Guanacastecan culture” that identifies the Guanacastecan person before the world and makes us unique in our own country.

That is why we invite you to get to know Guanacastecan culture during this month of July so you can soak in the rich traditions of this land, fall in love with the Costa Rican culture and practice your Spanish in the most colonial and small-town Guanacastecan way.

“Bombas”

or bombs, are riddles that locals ramble off in competions at festivals. They are many times a rime and are spoken so quickly, it’s hard to catch each word. They are said in a joking and happy way, to celebrate a special date or activity, to serenade, to challenge an opponent or just to be silly. Here are two transcribed poems, but they do not rhyme in the English version.

Bomb!

The orange was born green and time made it ripen;

My heart was born free but yours imprisoned it.

Ooh ooh ooh mama!

Bomb!

I like onions or beets;

I’m not here to see your daddy,

but instead for the young lady.

Ooh ooh ooh man.

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El mes de Julio es de gran celebración para los guanacastecos. Ya que un 25 de julio de 1824 el Partido de Nicoya (actual provincia de Guanacaste) decidió anexarse al país de Costa Rica. “De la Patria por Nuestra Voluntad”

Pero ¿Cuál es el significado simbólico de esta fecha? Guanacaste otorgó a Costa Rica una gran variedad de cultura y tradiciones que se traduce a música, bailes, comidas, dichos y costumbres. Además de actividades económicas como la agricultura y ganadería, ricos suelos, majestuosos ríos y hermosas playas.

Ese regalo maravilloso es la “Guanacastequidad” lo que identifica al pueblo guanacasteco ante el mundo y nos hace únicos inclusive en nuestro propio país.

Por lo que le invitamos a conocer la Guanacastequidad durante este mes de Julio y que usted se empape de las ricas tradiciones de esta tierra, se enamore de ella y practique español de la forma más coloquial del pueblo guanacasteco y de la cultura de Costa Rica.

¡Bomba!:

Dichos o frases que se entonan con gracia y alegría para enamorar, celebrar una fecha o actividad,  para retar a un contrincante o sino para vacilar.

¡Bomba!

La naranja nació verde y el tiempo la maduró;

mi corazón nació libre

y el tuyo lo aprisionó.

Uyuyuy mamita …

¡Bomba!

No me gusta la cebolla ni tampoco la remolacha;

no vengo por su “tata”

sino por la muchacha.

Uyuyuy carajo…

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