Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

April 17, 2017
Nicaragua travel

I arrived in León during the Easter-Week (Semana Santa) and what I experienced really impressed me! The people here are living their culture and old traditions with such a big effort. It really makes a difference if you are in a tourist hot-spot during Easter time, for example in San Juan del Sur, where just partying and drinking dominate or if you are in a normal Nicaraguan city, where many locals live and preparing for and celebrating the holy Easter-Week.

In the old Sutiava neighborhood in León, the people are building up “Passionate (sawdust) carpets” on the streets, in front of their house. This is a colourful image using sawdust and other materials. The streets were then crossed by the Service of Darkness Procession on Holy Friday, like in old times. The pictures on the streets are inspired by biblical passages. This creative tradition is unique in Nicaragua.

Every year, people (locals and foreigners) come to León to take part in this well-known old traditional process. And I was also a part of it!

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

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Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua
Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

Everywhere on the street, you can smell the smog of barbecues and find street food – it is hard to starve here.

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua
(Street-) Food everywhere

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

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Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

 

 

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

Easter Festival in León, Nicaragua

About Sarah Schmidt

Sarah SchmidtI did my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration/Marketing at the University of Pforzheim and my Master Degree in Integrated Natural Resource Management at the Humboldt University Berlin. I’ve lived in Berlin, Karlsruhe, Hyderabad (India), Mumbai, Bangkok, Bogotá and León (Nicaragua), and currently I´m traveling around South America for doing volunteer work, that is related to my master studies (natural conservation, reforestation, agro-forestry, permaculture, biodiversity conservation, etc.). I love to travel in a sustainable and nature-close way, to discover other countries, cultures, traditions, and languages, and to learn more about our world and nature, and how to protect it, as best as I can.

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