Nicaragua Independence Day

Nicaragua Independence Day

September 15
Nicaragua shares its Independence Day with four other Central American countries— Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—all of which declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. There is a parade in the capital city of Managua, and the president and other public officials give speeches. Nicaraguans also celebrate Independence Day by attending cockfights and bullfights. But unlike bullfights in other countries, the Nicaraguan matador does not kill the bull. Instead, he tries to mount it and ride it rodeo-style.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Nicaragua
1627 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-939-6570; fax: 202-939-6542
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 155
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 170