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Noche de Agüizotes

Not to be confused with the Day of the Dead, this spooky festival features legends such as the mocuana (the spirit that haunts La Mocuana hill), the chancha bruja (pig witch) and La Cegua, a monstrous woman who appe…
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Procesión de San Jerónimo

At the culmination of patron saint celebrations that start in September, 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 …
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Festival de San Sebastián

The saint is celebrated in an exuberant fashion in Barrio Monimbó, the highlight being the Baile de Chinegro de Mozote y Verga. It involves a mock battle between the participants who hit each other with big sticks b…
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San Lázaro

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…
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El Toro Venado

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.
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Baile de los Diablitos

Little devils dance in honor of Mephistopheles and San Jerónimo.
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La Virgen de la Asunción

Better known as the Virgin of the Burning Finger or the Festival of the Cross. The town’s top Virgin is taken to the lake for a blessing of the waters and a good look at the slender protrusion of lava that threatene…
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Jueves de Verbena

Once a week this festival has food, music and ballet folklorico (folk music) at the Mercado Artesanías; most Granada tour outfits offer this as a weekly add-on to their regular Masaya trips. Not as good as it used t…
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Día de la Virgen de la Asunción

The patron saint María Magdelena is hoisted atop the shoulders of revelers for her annual tour of Monimbó; fireworks are involved, as usual.
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Jesús del Rescate

Scores of carretas (ox carts) begin their journey from Masaya to San Jorge.