Holiday Vacations in Nicaragua

Even though most any time is a good 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 visit there. Even traditional U.S. holidays like New Year's and Easter take on a unique flair in Nicaragua. Here are some of the events you may wish to see.

As already mentioned, New Year's celebrations and the religious ceremonies around the Easter season are delightful. In either case, joining in the festivities 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 a consideration.

Summer is when the celebrations unique to the country begin, with July being an extra-active month. On the 19th, Nicaraguans celebrate Liberation Day, with all the fervor and joy 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 participate in this festival. Between the two events, it should be a simple matter to join 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 whole 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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