Fiesta de los Diablitos

Cultural in Reserva Indígena Boruca

This raucous three-day festival, held in Boruca (December 30 to January 2) and Curré (February 5 to 8), symbolizes the historical struggle between the Spanish and the indigenous population. Villagers wearing wooden devil masks and burlap costumes role-play the native peoples in their fight against the Spanish conquerors and the festival culminates in a choreographed battle, which the Spanish lose.

The festival is sometimes called the Danza de los Diablitos, or ‘dance of the little devils.’ The Spaniards, represented by a man in a bull costume, get whipped by branches at the end of the battle. There's a lot of homemade corn-based alcohol involved.