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Semana Santa

NICARAGUA | Sunday, 23 March 2008 | Views [1937] | Comments [1]

Cute, even with the runny noses - the photo was their suggestion, followed by them putting their grubby hands all over the camera and taking several videos...it was worth it for their smiles and giggles.

Cute, even with the runny noses - the photo was their suggestion, followed by them putting their grubby hands all over the camera and taking several videos...it was worth it for their smiles and giggles.

Nicaragua is a very religious country - the state is very much tied to the catholic church.  As such it has great laws such as no abortions - not even in the case of a raped child.  It's a common scenario here, so it's fortunate that there aren't illegal hospitals.  Another brilliant tradition is the holy week of Semana santa - there's a national holiday for a week to celebrate Easter.  So the population takes a reverent approach by getting extremely drunk before heading for the nearest large expanses of water, in which to try and drown themselves.
 
Sarcasm aside, this is a bizarre celebration.  A combination of street parades, increased church congregations, drunken people laying in the street, 100's of non-swimming people in the local lakes and as much noise as inhumanely possible.  I enjoyed it tremendously for a day, but only because i was drunk, didn't have any classes and am capable of swimming.  This year around 29 people died of drowning in Nicaragua in this week alone (another 27 were murdered and 9 died from motor incidents!).  I'm told over 100 have died in previous years.  A couple who were staying at the school witnessed 3 near drowning in 3 days - half filled beer bottles help you float allegedly.  I saw countless people - male and female who couldn't stand up, some decided to stay on the floor for the night.  I also saw fights and arguments and even got involved in some bother as i had my camera on me while an argument was occurring.  I´m glad i blended in with the locals. 
 
It was pretty much a nightmare trying to study at the school for a whole week.  I'm so glad i got to witness this holy event and feel part of the Nicaraguan culture.  God bless us all.

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Sounds mental. Appropriately enough! Meanwhie... back in the real world there's a pregnant man in the US (where else???)...well, he used to be a woman... Shane: it can't be as mental as China, at least this place sort of makes sense, especially after a beer or three. A pregnant man - my money would have been on Thailand first. But can he play ping pong?

  Tam Apr 6, 2008 3:52 PM

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