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Officially it’s eight days of festivities...
Better known as the Virgin of the Burning Finger or the Festival of the Cross...
One of Nicaragua's more unusual religious festivals pays homage to San Lázaro, a folk saint who bestows blessings upon dogs. Locals dress their pets to the nines; festivities include a procession of costumed canines.
Not to be confused with Halloween or Day of the Dead, this spooky festival features legends come to life and ghosts of the dead, plus the costumed living parading through the streets.
Once a week this festival has food, music and ballet folklorico at the Mercado Artesanías; most Granada tour outfits offer this as a weekly add-on to their regular Masaya trips.
This dance involves a mythical creature that is half bull, half deer (read: half Spanish, half indigenous), whose mission is to make fun of the rest of the fair.
The patron saint María Magdelena is hoisted atop the shoulders of revelers for her annual tour of Monimbó; fireworks are involved, as usual.
Scores of carretas (ox carts) begin their journey from Masaya to San Jorge.
Little devils dance in honor of Mephistopheles and San Jerónimo.
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