Holiday Vacations in Nicaragua

Although almost any time is a good time to visit the country of Nicaragua, for an extra-special experience, try to be there during 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 slow down and revel in your visit 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 wish to experience.

As previously mentioned, New Year's festivities and the religious ceremonies around the Easter season are wonderful. In either case, joining in the activities can give you a real flavor for how others celebrate these events, and it can be both eye-opening and entertaining. Since most U.S. businesses observe these holidays as well, finding the time to fly down and jump in shouldn't be an issue.

Summer is when the festivities unique to the country begin, with July being an especially active month. On the 19th, Nicaraguans celebrate Liberation Day, with all the fervor and excitement 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 participate in this festival. Between the two events, it should be a simple matter to participate in on at least one of the festivals.

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

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