Saturday, September 18, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Nicaragua

North AmericaNicaraguaFestivals & Holidays in Nicaragua
DateEnglish nameComments
1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayMany Nicaraguans celebrate New Year’s Day by the pool.
1 FebruaryAir Force DayHeld on 1 February in honour of the country’s air force.
13 AprilMaundy ThursdayCelebrated nationwide on the first Thursday in April.
1 MayLabour DayCelebrated nationwide on 1 May.
27 MayArmy DayHeld on 27 May in honour of the Nicaraguan army.
19 JulyLiberation Day/FSLNR Revolution DayCelebrated nationally on 19 July. It marks the day when the National Liberation Army defeated the Somoza dictatorship in the Nicaraguan revolution.
25 JulyFiesta de SantiagoCelebrated on 25 July in Boaco, Somoto and Managua.
26 JulyFiesta de Santa AnaCelebrated on 26 July in Nandaime, Niquinohomo, Moyogalpa and Ometepe.
1 AugustFiesta de Santo DomingoManaguans celebrate Santo Domingo de Guzmán (patron saint)
23 AugustCrab Soup DayMaize Islanders celebrate the abolition of slavery in the Maize Islands
14 SeptemberBattle of San JacintoCelebrated at national level. It takes place on the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto (1856).
September 15Independence DayBank holidays celebrated on 15 September to commemorate Central America’s declaration of independence in 1821.
12 OctoberAboriginal Resistance DayEarly Columbus Day; highlights the struggle of indigenous peoples against European colonialism.
7/8 DecemberThe Immaculate Conception
(La Griteria Immaculata)
Celebrated nationwide on 8 December and in León on 7 December.
25 DecemberChristmasInternationally celebrated.
31 DecemberNew Year’s EveAt midnight, Nicaraguans celebrate with fireworks (pólvoras, cohetes) and go to the beach.