National Day of Nicaragua

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The National Day of Nicaragua is on the 15 September (Independence from Spain 1821). Their Independence Day or Día de la Patria is celebrated each year. Many of the countries in South America was part of the Spanish Empire. Each broke off from the Spanish as well as from each other.

National Day of Nicaragua

Nicaragua, along with other Central American countries that also broke off from the Spanish. Panama (National Day of Panama) broke off from Colombia (National Day of Colombia). With Nicaragua  it took many years to break off from the Spanish. They finally declared independence from Spain in 1821.

The key figure in Nicaragua’s independence movement was a man named José de Marcoleta who was a Nicaraguan priest. He was one of the signatories of the Act of Independence of Central America. This Act was signed on the 15th September 1821, and declared the independence of Nicaragua. Others included Francisco Morazán as well as Rafaela Herrera. He led the rebellion against the Spanish authorities in 1838.

Francisco Morazán was born in Honduras (National Day of Honduras) in 1792. He was a well-known military leader during the Central American War of Independence, which began in 1810 . He then became the President of the Federal Republic of Central America from 1830 to 1839. It was him who also went against the separatist state of Los Altos, which had declared independence from Guatemala (National Day of Guatemala). His efforts to unify Central America was ultimately unsuccessful and he was forced into exile in 1840. In 1842 has was captured and sent to Costa Rica (National Day of Costa Rica).  Today he is still celebrated as a hero on the 3rd October as a national hero in Honduras (National day of Honduras) and as a national holiday in El Salvador (National Day of El Salvador).

See also  National Day of Suriname

Nicaragua Public Holidays

Firstly here are the public holidays in Nicaragua:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1st
  • Day of the Revolution – July 19th
  • Battle of San Jacinto Day – September 14th
  • Independence Day – September 15th
  • All Saints’ Day – November 2nd
  • Immaculate Conception Day – December 8th
  • Christmas Day – December 25th

Finally, in addition to these national holidays, there are also several local holidays that are observed in different regions of Nicaragua.