List of Festivals in Nicaragua

JuneJune 24 - (Catarina  & San Juan del Sur ) Festival of San Juan Bautista which also falls on the day of the Summer Solistice – Dances, ceremonial fights and music.July 16 - Procession of the Virgen of Carmen.  The Virgen is the Patron Saint of fishers and in San Juan del Sur the Virgen is taken aboard a local ship in the early afternoon, placed on a altar decorated with fishing nets and poles and taken on a trip around the bay at San Juan del Sur, blessing the boats. July July 19 - Day of the Revolution – celebrations in many towns, but particularly Managua.  Celebrates the day the National Liberation Army declared victory over the Somoza family. July 26 - Santa Ana (Niquinohomo) This popular saint is celebrated all around Nicaragua, but the festival in Niquinohomo is one of the country’s biggest celebrations with parades, dances and fireworks. AugustAugust 1 - Fiesta DayToro Guaco takes place in virtually every town in Nicaragua in dedication to the town's patron saint. The Toro Guaco is no ordinary celebration. Visiting these Nicaragua events will transport you to the 1500s, as Nicaraguans engage in mock battles and imitate characters from Spanish folklore. Some of the largest Toro Guaco celebrations in the country take place in Managua in early August, in honor of the patron Saint of Managua, Santiago. August 1 - 10 - Festival Santo Domingo de GuzmanManagua’s fiestas patronales (patron Saint parties) feature a carnaval, sports events, hipicos (horse parades), music, fireworks and a procesión of diablitos (little devils) which accompany Santo Domingo to his country shrine at Sierritas de Managua. August 14 - La Griteria Chiquita LeonThis celebration began in 1947, when an erupting Cerro Negro threatened to bury the city with ashes. The volcano halted its activity when a priest vowed to initiate a preliminary ‘griteria’, similar to the one held in December for the day of the Immaculate Conception. This day celebrates and respects the volcano.   August 15 - Day of the Virgen of Asuncion An image of the Virgen Mary will be toured the streets of Monimbo – with associated revelry and fireworks. August - Fiestas de Agosto Festivals of August – Granada Granada celebrates the Assumption of Mary with parades, hipica parades, bullfights, and lots of partying. September San Jacinto Day, (September 14). Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto in 1856.Independence Day, September 15. Commemorates the declaration of independence of Central America in 1821. Virgen of Merced (24 September) The day before and day of Leon’s patron saint’s day are quite festive with parades and fireworks. San Jeronimo (September 30) Masaya, Nicaragua27th Sep-8th Oct - Feast of San Jeronimo (Masaya, Nicaragua)Officially 8 days of festivities, the celebration in Masaya now lasts about 3 months.  The patron saint of Masaya, San Jeronimo is represented by the form of a bearded campesino known as ‘Tata Chombo’ or ‘doctor of the poor’. He is taken from his church in San Jeronimo and accompanied around the streets of Masaya by dances, fireworks, parades, and much more. Traditional dances Mozote and Verga are notable here. OctoberNoche de Aguizotes – last Friday in OctoberThis should not be confused with Halloween or the Day of the Dead. In Masaya, ghosts of the dead as well as those still living take to the streets for parades and celebrations. NovemberEl Toro Venado Last Sunday of October/ Third Sunday of NovemberThis dance involves a creature or animal which is half bull/half deer and who makes fun. The dance usually occurs in Masaya.December La Griteria (Dia de la Purisima Concepción) December 7 – Day of the Immaculate Conception Celebrated in many Nicaraguan cities – its particularly big in Leon (where they get into the shouting) and in Granada.

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List of Festivals in Nicaragua
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June

June 24 - (Catarina  & San Juan del Sur ) Festival of San Juan Bautista which also falls on the day of the Summer Solistice – Dances, ceremonial fights and music.
July 16 - Procession of the Virgen of Carmen.  The Virgen is the Patron Saint of fishers and in San Juan del Sur the Virgen is taken aboard a local ship in the early afternoon, placed on a altar decorated with fishing nets and poles and taken on a trip around the bay at San Juan del Sur, blessing the boats.
 
July
 
July 19 - Day of the Revolution – celebrations in many towns, but particularly Managua.  Celebrates the day the National Liberation Army declared victory over the Somoza family. 

July 26 - Santa Ana (Niquinohomo) This popular saint is celebrated all around Nicaragua, but the festival in Niquinohomo is one of the country’s biggest celebrations with parades, dances and fireworks.
 
August

August 1 - Fiesta Day
Toro Guaco takes place in virtually every town in Nicaragua in dedication to the town's patron saint. The Toro Guaco is no ordinary celebration. Visiting these Nicaragua events will transport you to the 1500s, as Nicaraguans engage in mock battles and imitate characters from Spanish folklore. Some of the largest Toro Guaco celebrations in the country take place in Managua in early August, in honor of the patron Saint of Managua, Santiago.
 
August 1 - 10 - Festival Santo Domingo de Guzman
Managua’s fiestas patronales (patron Saint parties) feature a carnaval, sports events, hipicos (horse parades), music, fireworks and a procesión of diablitos (little devils) which accompany Santo Domingo to his country shrine at Sierritas de Managua.
 
August 14 - La Griteria Chiquita Leon
This celebration began in 1947, when an erupting Cerro Negro threatened to bury the city with ashes. The volcano halted its activity when a priest vowed to initiate a preliminary ‘griteria’, similar to the one held in December for the day of the Immaculate Conception. This day celebrates and respects the volcano.  
 
August 15 - Day of the Virgen of Asuncion 
An image of the Virgen Mary will be toured the streets of Monimbo – with associated revelry and fireworks.
 
August - Fiestas de Agosto 
Festivals of August – Granada 
Granada celebrates the Assumption of Mary with parades, hipica parades, bullfights, and lots of partying.

 
September
 
San Jacinto Day, (September 14). Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto in 1856.
Independence Day, September 15. Commemorates the declaration of independence of Central America in 1821.
 
Virgen of Merced (24 September) The day before and day of Leon’s patron saint’s day are quite festive with parades and fireworks.
 
San Jeronimo (September 30) Masaya, Nicaragua

27th Sep-8th Oct - Feast of San Jeronimo (Masaya, Nicaragua)
Officially 8 days of festivities, the celebration in Masaya now lasts about 3 months.  The patron saint of Masaya, San Jeronimo is represented by the form of a bearded campesino known as ‘Tata Chombo’ or ‘doctor of the poor’. He is taken from his church in San Jeronimo and accompanied around the streets of Masaya by dances, fireworks, parades, and much more. Traditional dances Mozote and Verga are notable here.
 


October

Noche de Aguizotes – last Friday in October
This should not be confused with Halloween or the Day of the Dead. In Masaya, ghosts of the dead as well as those still living take to the streets for parades and celebrations.
 

November

El Toro Venado 
Last Sunday of October/ Third Sunday of November
This dance involves a creature or animal which is half bull/half deer and who makes fun. The dance usually occurs in Masaya.


December
 
La Griteria (Dia de la Purisima Concepción) December 7 – Day of the Immaculate Conception 
Celebrated in many Nicaraguan cities – its particularly big in Leon (where they get into the shouting) and in Granada.
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