Public holidays in Nicaragua

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Date English Name Remarks
January 2 New Year's Day Many Nicaraguans celebrate New Year's Day with their families, although it is usual to celebrate it with your friends in a bar or in a party too.
February 1 Air Force Day Held on 1 February in honor of the nation’s air force. (Celebrated only governmentally)
April 13 Holy Thursday Celebrated nationally on the first Thursday of April.
May 1 Labour Day Celebrated nationally on the first of May.
May 27 Army Day Held on May 27 in honor of Nicaragua's army. (Celebrated only governmentally)
July 19 Liberation Day/FSLN Revolution Day Celebrated on 19 July on a national level. It marks the day that the National Liberation Army defeated the Somoza dictatorship in the Nicaraguan Revolution. In recent years is mostly a political party celebration for the member of the FSLN.
July 25 Fiesta de Santiago Celebrated on 25 July in Boaco, Somoto and Managua.
July 26 Fiesta de Santa Ana Celebrated on 26 July in Nandaime, Niquinohomo, Moyogalpa and Ometepe.
August 1 and 10 Fiesta de Santo Domingo Managuans celebrate Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Patron saint)
August 27 Crab Soup Day Residents of the Corn Islands celebrate Abolition of slavery of the Corn Islands
September 14 Battle of San Jacinto Celebrated on the national level. It is held on the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto (1856).
September 15 Independence Day A national holiday held on September 15 to celebrate Central America's declaration of independence in 1821.
September 30 Fiesta de San Jerónimo Catholics of the cities of Masaya and Bluefields celebrate Saint Jerome
October 12 Indigenous Resistance Day Formerly Columbus Day; Highlights the struggle of native peoples against European colonialism.[1][2]
November 2 All Souls' Day Nicaraguans commemorate their deceased relatives by going to the cemeteries to leave flowers and pray to the graves of their relatives.
December 7/8 Immaculate Conception
(La Griteria Immaculate)
In the night of December 7th, catholics of Nicaragua celebrate La Gritería, a holiday dedicated to Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the country, and in December 8th they usually go to mass.
December 24 Christmas Eve Nicaraguans usually reunite with their family and wait until it is Christmas. You can hear fireworks through all the night
December 25 Christmas Celebrated internationally.
December 31 New Year's Eve At 12am Nicaraguans celebrate with fireworks (Pólvoras, cohetes).


  1. ^ "Nicaragua: No More Columbus Day". Prensa Latina. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
  2. ^ October 12 was formerly Columbus Day but will no longer be observed. President Daniel Ortega and his government have renamed the day "Indigenous Resistance Day" and will be observed as of 2008.