Trip Start Sep 04, 2009
Trip End Feb 19, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Carazo,
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sept 15th is the Central American Independence Day.

In 1821, Honduras, Guatamala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua all declared the seperation from their ties to Spain and developed their individual governments( at first they wanted to create a group governement, but that quickly turned messy and resolved into seperate governing bodies).

Needless to say, the passion and pride felt by the people of these countries is eagerly displayed through the immense amounts of festivities on this day.

To give a little perspective, Jinotepe has a population of maybe 2000 people, with one school and one main road passing through it. The parade procession lasted over 2 hours (if you were standing in one place the whole time), and participants were all under the age of 18. That means that every single youth who was old enough to walk was a part of this display of national pride. If you had the slightest inclination towards dancing, singing or a musical instrument you were put into a group and marched through the streets on display. If you have none of these abilities, you held a flag. The passion and pride of these people was enough to bring tears to any onlookers eyes, for the paraders felt not the heat, nor stage fright, simply just the zealous appreciation for their ancestors fight for freedom.

Puts Canada day to shame, since Vancouver, a city of almost 3 million people, celebrated its 2nd annual Canada day parade this year.. disgraceful.
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