National Holidays in Nicaragua, Public Holidays
Below you will find a list of all official, public and national holidays in the country of Nicaragua.
New Year’s Day
As is the case in many countries around the world, Nicaragua sees the first day of the year as a reason to celebrate with social gatherings and religious services. The spectacular beaches of Nicaragua are a popular choice for New Year’s Day celebrations and the atmosphere is very festive.
Holy Thursday is a Christian religious celebration that takes place on Thursday leading into the Easter weekend. It commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ with his Apostles before his death.
Good Friday is a Christian religious celebration that takes place each year on the day following Holy Thursday as a commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ.
Liberation Day/FSLN Revolution Day)
This nationwide celebration marks the day in 1979 that the Somoza dictatorship was defeated by the National Liberation Army in the Nicaraguan Revolution.
Battle of San Jacinto
This day is a national holiday commemorating the Battle of San Jacinto which occurred in 1856. This decisive battle against filibuster William Walker and his troops was instrumental in Nicaragua achieving independence.
This annual celebration is in remembrance of Central America’s declaration of Independence in 1821.
Indigenous Resistance Day
This national holiday highlights the battle waged by indigenous peoples against European colonialism. Indigenous Resistance Day replaced the celebration of Columbus Day.
This religious celebration includes prayers and acts of charitable generosity.
Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, with festivities including the giving of gifts, religious ceremonies and gathering of family and friends.
Last updated: January 17, 2020