Merrymaking in Nicaragua for the Holidays

Even though most any time is an excellent time to visit the country of Nicaragua, for an extra-special experience, try to be there for one of the many holidays in the country. The cultural perspective on these events by the locals is different than you've experienced elsewhere, and can be a lot of fun if you slow down and really appreciate 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 celebrations and the religious ceremonies around the Easter season are delightful. In either case, participating in the festivities can give you a real feel for how others celebrate these events, and it can be both enlightening and entertaining. Since most U.S. businesses observe these holidays too, finding the time to fly down and participate shouldn't be a consideration.

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 exhilaration you would expect from any other similar festivity. 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 a simple matter 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 immense celebration for the citizens of this country. If you are in Granada in October, the entire month is devoted 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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