Independence Day festivities in Casares, Nicaragua

Independence Day in Nicaragua – freedom, or as close as you can get to it in Central America.

I guess I could say the same about the Independence Days in the USA, but that is a whole post in and of itself.

Working on my blog, setting up a blog for the owner of the Hotel Casino, Patrice Glo, I took a break to get some cigs and a coke.

As I was walking up to the store I saw a crowd. Then I remembered – Patrice had written his first blog post, by himself, on Independence Day in Nicaragua – the festivities were going on!

I turned around, went back to the hotel and grabbed my camera. I knew there was not going to be a lot to take pictures of, as Casares is a really, really small town. That is it’s beauty – small town fishing village that is the a show case of the way the average Nicaraguan lives. Not to detract from the celebration – Independence Day is still a special day!

Sure enough, as I walked up the street to the top of the hill, the towns people were out in full force – maybe 250 to 300 people. The gathering for Independence Day celebration was the largest group of people I have seen in Casares in over a month of my visit.

 

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The crown in the town square of Casares

I remembered, from talking to Patrice, that Independence day is a big deal for the townspeople.

The importance of “face” really comes into play on Independence Day because the children are an extension of the parents. They go into debt to make sure their children have good, clean shirts, pants, and tassels for their marching in the streets of Casares. It must be a good show for Independence Day!

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The importance of the children looking good is paramount

Even the girls, who were dancing to the music that blared out of the sound system that sat on the main squares structure, were looking good in their new attire for Independence Day.

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Girls dancing in traditional dresses

As you can tell from the photographs, this was all serious business, celebrating Independence Day. Making the best appearance for their parents. Very, very important to look good and to do the right things. Not doing so reflects poorly on the family and is to be avoided at whatever cost.

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Serious stuff for these kids

For the crowd this is fun. I saw more food and drinks today than any other day in Casares. Pork being cooked, the local stores that abutted the square were busy and shaved ice was made for the popular drink raspado.

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Cart that vendors use for raspado

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Shaving the ice with an ice shaving hand tool

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Street cuisine in Casares - pork on the pit!

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Serving the customers

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Always with the bars on the store windows

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As stocked as any store will be in Casares, Nicaragua

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Me with my normal dose of Coca-Cola!

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Eating some chips bought at the store

Of course not all the children were entertained. Some were bored, realizing this was the place to be even though the events were not keeping their interests. Others just kind of hung out and watched other or conversed with friends, ignoring what was going on.

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A young Nicaraguan Rodin thinker

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Talking to a friend

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Stretching makes it better!

For festivities, everyone seemed to have a pretty good time. Drums were rolled when each person received their gifts/prizes. (Sorry, still limited Spanish here!) Parents, children who were not in the parade and grandparents all seemed to be having a good time, paying extreme attention to what was going on.

As you can tell from the picture of me, it was hot – people were doing what they could to get some relief. Covering their heads, staying in the shadows and drinking lots of liquids.

It is just fun to watch the people – mostly serious, very few are light hearted and care free. Intense on watching and not wanting to miss anything.

As the ceremonies wound to a close, all the gifts/prizes awarded, the children lined up and the beating of the drums began. The 6 block march that culminates the end of the show begins. Majorettes start twirling their batons and the first group of children begin the march.

At specific distances, other children from other schools join in with the baton twirlers and drummers bringing up the rear.

A fun afternoon of people watching, picture taking and listening to the drummers.

A great way to spend Independence Day in Nicaragua.

Scroll down for more pics of the afternoon fun.

Cheers for now.

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About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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15 Responses to Independence Day festivities in Casares, Nicaragua

  1. Phil says:

    Loved this post. What a great window into Nicaraguan culture! And you really captured some great scenes and expressions in these photos. Well done!

  2. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Phil,
    Always good to get compliments.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed the post.
    Hope to see you again.
    Remember, play nice and travel safely.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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  4. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for the comment.

  5. Great post and pictures John! Makes me wish I was there instead of my office!
    By the way, I’ve noticed a significant improvement on your website ranking! :)

  6. stevie says:

    Awesome pictures John!

  7. John Wilson says:

    Hi Lorenzo,
    Thanks for the compliments and I’m glad that you enjoyed the pictures and post.
    Always nice to hear about improvement in my website rankings – means more people are paying attention!
    Also allows me to keep in touch with good people like yourself.
    Happy to see your comment, and look forward to seeing you again.
    Until next time,
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  8. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Stevie,
    I have to admit, I was pretty happy with some of those photographs.
    Wonderful to hear that others like them too.
    Still surfing along the coast of Ecuador and hanging ten?
    Be safe you two.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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  10. John Wilson says:

    Signed up for your posts and following you on twitter!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  11. John I really enjoyed your pictures of the celebration! I like all the colors and the enjoyment share by everyone except the one boy who was bored! Great way to share the culture.

  12. John Wilson says:

    Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for the compliment – I really do appreciate it.
    Children are tough to keep occupied, they want action all the time.
    As you could tell from the pictures, most were really into what was going on.
    Until next time,
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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  14. Sailor says:

    The Pictures are just amazing and very colorful!

  15. John Wilson says:

    Hi Sailor,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed the pics!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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