Every July 19th since 1979, Nicaraguans have celebrated the final victory against Somoza during the Sandinista revolution. July 19th celebrations bring out the Sandinista party faithful, with a rally and presentations in Plaza de la Fé and a show choreographed by President Ortega’s wife Rosario Murillo. The truly devout stay through Ortega’s predictable and lengthy speech at the end, and carry on celebrating into the wee hours.
If you are in Managua during the first few weeks of December, be sure to catch the massive INPYME crafts fair on Avenida Bolívar—arts, crafts, and food from all over the country, plus a two-week carnival. Expica is a permanent farming-related exhibition site in Barrio Acahualinca (Casa Pellas, two blocks west and one block north, tel. 505/2266-9634) and where in August ranchers descend upon the capital to exhibit and sell breeding stock, and generally show off their latest SUVs, ill-concealed revolvers, and beer-swilling prowess on the bar stool. The Nicaraguan cowboy elite show hundreds of some of the most magnificent and beautifully tended specimens of Brahman cattle in this part of the world, as well as impressive displays of horsemanship in the saddles of pure-bred Spanish, Peruvian, and Ibero equines.
Excerpted from the Fifth Edition of Moon Nicaragua.