Retirees and el Día de San Isidro Labrador

San Isidro Labrador (c. 1070 – 15 May 1130), was a Spanish farmworker known for his piety toward the poor and animals. The Spanish word labrador means someone who works the land. The story of St. Isidro is a reminder of the dignity of work, and that ordinary life can lead to holiness. Saint Isidore is widely venerated as the patron saint of farmers, peasants, day laborers and agriculture in general, as well as brick layers. His hometown of Madrid, the Spanish cities of Leon, Saragossa, and Seville, and various locales in the former Spanish Empire (Costa Rica) honor him as their patron saint. San Ysidro, California and San Ysidro, New Mexico were named after him.

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San Isidro is also venerated with feast days and processions throughout Latin America. In Costa Rica on Día de San Isidro Labrador all namesake towns (San Isidros) honor this patron saint of farmers and farm animals with the blessing of animals and crops by priests, painted oxcart parades, street fairs, parades with music, dancing, other traditions and food. Foreign retirees and tourists are invited to partake in any and all festivities.

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