Nicaragua Celebrates Santo Domingo de Guzman Festival

Published August 2nd, 2019 - 09:05 GMT

At the end of the 19th century, in the midsize town that Managua was at that time, the discovery surrounded by mysticism of a small catholic statuette of Santo Domingo de Guzmán provoked the start and evolution of a massive traditional festivity that is both colorful and full of fervor and happiness, and which ultimately transformed into the Patron Saint Festivities of the capital city.

Thousands of people attend this event which involves dancing, eating, drinking and the marching of musical bands, mainly for traditions that date back to pre-colonial times, or to ask for personal miracles, make promises, or give thanks to the saint.

The capital dwellers have different perceptions about these festivities:

On one hand there is the procession of the saint, which is attended by thousands of people and full of traditional cultural and religious expression and enthusiasm, and on the other hand there are horse and car parades which are also attended by large groups of people with the spirit to entertain and participate in the party atmosphere that is created on the streets.

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A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful light fireworks, during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful light fireworks, during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful children smeared in floor painture take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful children smeared in floor painture take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful woman paints her son with floor painture during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful woman paints her son with floor painture during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP

Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP

A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful light fireworks, during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful children smeared in floor painture take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful woman paints her son with floor painture during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful light fireworks, during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful light fireworks, during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful children smeared in floor painture take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful children smeared in floor painture take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful takes part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful woman paints her son with floor painture during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
A catholic faithful woman paints her son with floor painture during the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019.  INTI OCON / AFP
Catholic faithful smeared in burnt oil, take part in the opening of the ten-day celebration of the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival in Managua, on August 1, 2019. INTI OCON / AFP