Though there really aren’t any holidays or events celebrated, from about mid-January onward one of Bluefield’s several carnival groups begins to practice in the park weeknights from about 6pm – 8pm. The drums and dancing always draws a crowd.
Find yourself a sweetheart to celebrate Valentine’s day on the 14th.
Check out the goings on at the park during International Women’s Day on the 8th. The 20th is my birthday. Buy me a drink!
Nowhere in the country is baseball more popular than where it was first brought to Nicaragua: the Caribbean coast. This year the coast brings it back by hosting the 60th annual Atlantic Series of Baseball, from the 7th to the 11th in the Corn Islands. Semana Santa is the week leading up to Easter and is a holiday all over Latin America. But keep your stuff well hidden on Easter Saturday night (23th this year, 2011), which is locally known as Judas night. You will find roving bands of youngsters in the streets stealing anything that isn’t cemented down…yard ornaments, trash cans, even horses. I suppose stealing isn’t the right word for it; people who wake up and realize their things were taken over the night will go looking for an effigy of Judas hanging somewhere in their neighborhood with all the nicked goods below.
Maypole festival aaaallll month long! There will be a party in the barrios spaced out during the month, so every weekend you will be able to find dancing, bowling, music, dominos, good food around a maypole tree somewhere in Bluefields. There will also be concerts, a big Tona Town concert later in the month, and of course, the famous Tulululu parade on the last weekend. Click to find out more about the Maypole festival, aka Palo de Mayo. Carnival on the 26th and Tulululu on the 31st.
People are still winding down from May. Rain has started and life is getting back to normal. Go visit the bluff or Green Hills if you are looking for something around Bluefields.
19 of July marks the 32 aniversary of the Sandanista revolution. There will probably be a parade in Bluefields made up of local school kids.
If you are in Bluefields on the 1st, go see the parade honoring Santo Domingo, leaving Santa Rosa barrio and ending up who knows where around 6pm. Hope you are hungry for Crab Soup Festival on the 27th in Big Corn Island! Party starts on the 26th and ends on the 28th. The biggest festival on the island commemorates the freeing of the slaves by order of the Queen of England herself back in 1841. Check out how to get there.
Dia de Independencia de Centro America is on the 15th. There will be a parade in the streets of Bluefields with the kids from the different schools participating on the morning of the 14th. Probably gonna get craazy… Bluefields holds the annual Dia de San Geronimo or St. Geronimo day on the 30th. San Geronimo is the patron saint of Masaya but has become a Bluefields tradition since the early 70s. It is typically celebrated by groups of people dressed up as old women with large butts, black horses and little red devils. You can find roving groups of people dressed up dancing to the small marching band throughout the city in the afternoons leading up to the big day. Bluefields has, of course, put its own twist on the celebration with the people in old women costumes attacking real women with reed fans. Always a sight to see, just follow the sound of drums in the late afternoon in the days leading up to the 30th, then downtown in the afternoon of the big day.
Bluefield’s patron saint is celebrated on the 7th. Not as big of a deal as San Jeronimo, but considered a local holiday. Bluefieldscelebrates its birthday on the 11th. Dia de La Raza is sort of an anti-Columbus day that used to happen on the 12th. When the Sandinistas came to power they abolished Columbus day so really nothing is celebrated.
The big party is in Bluefields as the RAAS comemmorates Autonomy day on the 30th. They usually have a concert in front of the park with local musicians and lots of drinking and dancing.
All Saints Day is a catholic tradition that will be celebrated in Bluefield’s Catedral Nuestra senora del Rosario on the 1st. Not as big as it is in Mexico, Dia de los Difuntos or the Day of the Dead happens on the 2nd. Drop by the Bluefields cemetery to…respectfully…see what people do to celebrate the lives of their deceased. There is a sailboat race (dugout canoes) in Bluefields on Saturday, 12th. See it at the municipal wharf. Orinoco celebrates the annual Garifuna Day on the 19th. Don’t miss the party boat that leaves from Bluefields at 5:30am and starts blasting reggae and punta on departure. The party goes on all day with cultural presentations, live punta music and Garifuna dancing until the wee hours of the morning.
Like most Christian countries, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year on the coast. Expect all but a few stores and restaurants to be closed during the day and a big party in the bars at night. And only a week after is New Year’s Eve, a celebration that is sure to crowd the dance floors around town.