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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.