Traditionally, people hang the blue and white Nicaragua flag from their houses and there are many festivities and commemorative activities carried out in schools and other national institutions, over the first two weeks of the month. On the final day of celebration, usually during a 3 or 4-day weekend, the school marching bands are out in full force. What one may think is a major earthquake is simply the deafening roar of 100 drums – and no other instruments – pounding to the same beat simultaneously, coming right down the street.
This year in the library, our volunteer Rafael led teams of children in a quiz game focused on Nicaraguan history and independence. The children performed splendidly and everyone was treated to cookies and a party. Next holiday coming up end of October will be Day of the Dead, another fun, albeit less serious holiday.