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Holidays and Fiestas in Nicaragua

January 1: Año Nuevo, or New Year’s Day—Celebrated beach-side by most Nicaraguans.

End of March/Early April: Semana Santa, or Holy Week—Includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Semana Santa is the most celebrated holiday in Nicaragua, filled with religious and cultural celebrations (See box more).

May 1: DĂ­a de los Trabajadores, or Labor Day.

May 30: Mother’s Day.

June 23: Father’s Day.

July 19th: National Liberation Day—Commemorates the day that the National Liberation Army defeated the oppressive Anastasio Somoza García dictatorship.

July 25: Fiesta de Santiago—Celebrated in Boaco, Somoto and Managua.

July 26: Fiesta de Santa Ana—Celebrated in Nandaime, Niquinohomo, Moyogalpa and Ometepe.

August 1: Fiesta de San Domingo—Celebrating the patron saint in Managua; incorporates over two weeks of festivities, beginning in late July. Festivities include joyous processions, solemn masses, and horse parades on the 1st and 10th.

September 14: Battle of San Jacinto—A commemoration of the final battle that ultimately freed Central America from Spain’s domination.

September 15: Independence Day—A joyous, month-long celebration of the 1821 freedom of Central America from Spain.

November 2: Día de los Muertos—To honor loved ones who have died, families head to local cemetaries to both clean and decorate the graves. Family members set up candles, wreath the tombs with flowers, and even sleep in the cemetery in loving memory of los difuntos (the deceased).

December 7, 8: La Purísima—An extremely important holy day in Nicaragua, La Purísma honors Mary’s Immaculate Conception of Christ. La Gritería is the cheerful execution of fireworks, house-to-house caroling, treats, prayers and praise offered to la Virgen.

December 25: Navidad, or Christmas Day.

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By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
27 Jan 2009

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