Independence Day in Nicaragua is celebrated with great fanfare and pride. The celebration consists of marching bands, patriotic poems, and lots of Nicaraguan flags! Nicaragua declared its freedom from Spanish rule in 1821. Mexico continually tried to dominate the country, so the Central American countries made a “Federation of Central American States”, which did not last long due to continued conflicts. On April 30,1838, Nicaragua, with a “constituent assembly”, declared independence from the United Provinces of Central America.
Gran Pacifica Resort also celebrated Independence Day, since this is a perfect time for many local families to head to the beach and it is the last major holiday before Christmas. Angela Smetana, General Resort Manager for Gran Pacifica Vacations said, “We had a great weekend despite some rain. We had many repeat customers who loved the activities we offer, such as live music at SeaSalt Restaurante, a fireworks display, horseback riding for the kids, a slip n’ slide by the pool, and a bonfire with s’mores!
Our SeaSalt Restaurante featured: fish soup, red snapper, lobster, and other seafood dishes that are traditional holiday favorites. Our Meatgrinders Lounge in the big palapa served great-tasting shish kabobs and hamburgers. I know, because I had dinner!
Several members of Gran Pacific’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee also participated in the community festivities of Villa El Carmen and La Ceiba School. I spoke about the importance of education at La Ceiba school, where San Diego and California Schools also commemorated Independence Day. The beautiful ceremonies featured performers from each school with dances, poems, songs, and awards for students and teachers.
September is also known as the “Patrimonial Month” in Nicaragua. People begin the month by hanging flags outside their homes and a torch run launches the celebration. A burning torch is passed along to designated runners and is carried for 387 kilometers from Guatemala to Costa Rica. This tradition involves 8,000 students. The countryside is also full of the sound of “Festival Nacional de Banda’s Ritmicas”, played by colorful marching bands from each school who design their own emblems and colors.
September is a great month to be in Nicaragua!