Celebrate Unique Holiday Culture in Nicaragua

Even though almost any time is a good 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 take on these festivities by the locals is different from what you've experienced 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 unique flair in Nicaragua. Here are some of the events you may want to see.

As previously mentioned, New Year's celebrations and the religious ceremonies around the Easter season are delightful. In either case, joining in the activities can give you a real feel for how others celebrate these events, and it can be both revealing and entertaining. Since most U.S. businesses observe these holidays too, getting 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 extra-active month. On the 19th, Nicaraguans celebrate Liberation Day, with all the fervor and joy you would expect from any other similar national holiday. 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 easy 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 holiday 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 each Sunday during the month.

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