The Holiday Season is upon us and this is a great time to share some of the traditions that our beloved Nicaragua has to celebrate this season.
Nicaragua is predominantly Catholic and this makes Christmas the most celebrated date in December. However, the festivities start much before the 25th of December!
Christmas in Nicaragua begins officially on the 6th of December. On December 7th with the Nicaraguans celebrating “La Purisima”(meaning “the most pure) or the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary. Thousands in the country, specially the young, sing as loudly as they can and go from house to house, to sing hymns honouring the Virgin Mary.
From December 16 until Christmas Eve Mass, prayer is held each evening in the home, followed by refreshments and the singing of carols. Contrary to the American celebration of Christmas on 25th December, the festival here is celebrated on Christmas eve with. December 25th being a more low key date to spend at home with family.
Christmas Eve is celebrated with fun, feasts, fireworks and dancing. The main streets of the town and cities are decorated and have loud-speakers broadcasting Christmas carols. In small towns, there is an old custom of the Catholic Church organizing a parade or “procession”.
And Finally, the main event: Christmas Dinner. Christmas dinner is something everyone looks forward to. On the morning of December 24th, the whole family works together to prepare a delicious feast.The Nicaraguan Christmas celebration is largely influenced by ancient Spanish traditions . Hence, the menu traditionally consists of Valencian style rice similar to Paella, stuffed chicken, nacatamal, and freshly baked bread. Spanish sweet breads are served for dessert.
The holiday’s in Nicaragua are about community, we are very happy to share in this tradition at Jicaro Ecolodge.