If you’re thinking of visiting Nicaragua this year, you’ll probably stumble upon a small local event, festival or other celebration. This is a good opportunity to take a close look at the event and take some great pictures, with respect of course. There is never a dull moment in Nicaragua. A quick look at the agency’s website will give you the main dates. I propose you below another reading and another look on the celebrations of the year in the country of lakes, volcanoes and waves.
In January, it smells like baseball around here. You can often find the finals between the best national leagues. Each city or town has its own stadium or cancha. Managua, of course, has a very nice and recent stadium.
February, we put our nose in poetry. Nicaragua is then in the center of some literature festivals. A certain fame in the region floats. Many Latin American artists are visiting the country. Perhaps you will come across a poet passing through Granada?
March will invite you to go to Masaya. The festival of San Lazaro awaits you, it takes place on Palm Sunday. Put on your best shirt, it seems that even the pets are dressed up.
April and Holy Week… How can I put it? How can I explain it to you? The easiest way is to come and see for yourself. Globally it is the rare moment of vacation that all Nicaraguans share. It’s hot in April, everyone to the beach!
Month of May! It’s going to dance! On the Caribbean side, Bluefields and its coast welcome the Palo de Mayo festival. Forget the jokes and references to our saint Benedicta, it’s the celebration of fertility! A little trip to the east can be a good idea.
Catarina and Apoyo in June! Fiesta de San Juan Bautista in the small village on the crest of the lagoon. We celebrate then John the Baptist! Nice atmosphere guaranteed.
July, the 17th especially! End of the Somoza dictatorship! It is the day of joy, dia de alegria! The red and the black is out, fanfares and parade in the program. Everywhere!
The celebration of the end of slavery in August on the islands of corn. The Caribbean coast wakes up, it’s a party! Caribbean atmosphere guaranteed! Meanwhile in Managua, we celebrate the patron saint of the city. From 1st to 10th. Note it, you never know. You will wonder less in the traffic of the capital by crossing parades and rodeos.
Is it back to school in September? No, not really. In Nicaragua, students start school in February. In the north, September is mostly a time to celebrate corn in all its forms. On September 15, nationally and in the region, we also celebrate the end of the reign of the Spanish colonists in Central America. It is the patriotic month in Nicaragua, we commemorate the independence, we take out white flags and uniforms! it can last several days. We can consider that the French Revolution and its modern ideals had then invited the region and the world to liberate itself.
The last month of the rainy season, October, also has its own festival. In Masaya, they celebrate the Agüizotes, a syncretic celebration, between local traditions and old Iberian beliefs. Masks are worn and people dance all night long. Masaya is more than a volcano and an artisanal market this month.
November and its “aquatic” carnival. Caravans, bands and parade floating on the Rio San Juan around San Carlos. A spectacle not to be missed around November 20.
Everyone shouts, sings and throws firecrackers in December. It is the griteria. An impressive spectacle to observe especially in Leon, in the north of the country. They celebrate the conception of the Virgin Mary, it is the purisima. The celebration of the immaculate conception. But don’t be fooled, the spectacle does not take place in the numerous churches but rather in the streets.
The year is then over. The same program next year will be in effect if Dios quiere.