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Top Choice Cultural in Bluefields

Palo de Mayo

Nicaragua's best street party simmers along throughout May with a series of neighborhood parties and cultural events, but the highlights are the energetic Carnival on the last Saturday of the month and the closing T…
Religious in León

Día de la Purísima Concepción

Known simply as 'La Purísima' and observed throughout the country, this lively celebration of Nicaragua’s patron saint is the occasion for the La Gritería (a shouting ritual that honors the Virgin Mary), enjoyed her…
Religious in San Juan Del Sur

Semana Santa

Holy Week (the week before Easter) is one of the busiest times of the year in San Juan del Sur and the surrounding area. In addition to a full range of religious pageants and processions, the beaches explode with pa…
Religious in León

Semana Santa

The Leónese Semana Santa is something special, with Barrio Subtiaba’s colorful sawdust ‘carpets,’ temporary and beautiful images that the funeral procession for Jesus walks over, and a sand-castle competition in Pon…
Religious in Carazo

Fiesta de Toro Guaco

Carazo’s four major towns celebrate this interesting, ancient ritual. La Concepción brings out her patron saint, the Black Virgin of Montserrat, to meet Santiago, patron of Jinotepe, the old Nicarao capital; San Seb…
Religious in Masaya

San Jerónimo

Officially it’s eight days of festivities. The patron saint (in the guise of a bearded campesino named ‘Tata Chombó,’ or ‘Doctor of the Poor’) is taken from the Iglesia de San Jerónimo altar and carried around Masay…
Cultural in Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas)

Dance of King Pulanka

First performed in the late 1800s, the dance of El Rey and La Reina is still performed throughout the Mosquitia. Two groups of dancers wearing 18th-century costumes represent the king’s allies and enemies, and stage…
Cultural in León

Masacre del 23 Julio 1959

One afternoon in 1959, local schoolchildren staged a demonstration against Somoza. As they chanted ‘Freedom! Freedom!,’ the Guardia Nacional fired into the crowd, killing four students and wounding several others. T…
Religious in Managua

La Purísima

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated throughout Nicaragua, with festivities culminating on December 8. In Managua, the celebration is particularly colorful, with massive altars to the Virgin Mary set…
Cultural in Great Corn Island

Crab Soup

Corn Island's big party celebrates the emancipation of the island's slave population on August 27 with parades, concerts, beauty contests and lots of delicious crab soup. Most events are focused around the baseball …