Celebrate Unique Holiday Culture in Nicaragua

Even though most any time is a suitable time to visit the country of Nicaragua, for an extra-special touch, try to be there for one of the many holidays in the country. The cultural perspective on these celebrations by the locals is different than you've come across elsewhere, and can be a lot of fun if you relax and really appreciate your time there. Even traditional U.S. holidays like New Year's and Easter take on a different flair in Nicaragua. Here are some of the events you may want to experience.

As already mentioned, New Year's celebrations and the religious ceremonies around the Easter season are wonderful. In either case, joining in the activities can give you a real feel for how others celebrate these events, and it can be both eye-opening and pleasurable. Since most U.S. businesses observe these holidays also, getting the time to fly down and participate shouldn't be an issue.

Summer is when the celebrations unique to the country begin, with July being an especially active month. On the 19th, Nicaraguans celebrate Liberation Day, with all the fervor and joy you would expect from any other similar celebration. On the 25th, Fiesta de Santiago begins. This festival is only held in three cities - Managua, Boaco, and Somoto. However, the next day is the Fiesta de Santa Ana, and four different cities get involved in this festival. Between the two events, it should be easy to participate in on at least one of the celebrations.

September brings the Battle of San Jacinto celebration. It is a national holiday. The next day, the 15th, is Independence Day, and is an important celebration for the citizens of this country. If you are in Granada in October, the whole month is dedicated to the celebration of Mes del Rosario. And in Masaya in October, the Festividades de San Jeronimo is celebrated on each Sunday during the month.

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