Nicaragua’s ritual celebration of their dead

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Nicaragua’s ritual celebration of their dead

Every year, the city of Masaya in Nicaragua is home to a festival called Los Aguizotes, where local people wear masks and dress like ghosts to celebrate their ancestors, parading in the city’s streets to the rhythms of music and fireworks.

Los Aguizotes are a series of characters such as headless men, devils, witches and ghosts that are part of the country’s folklore and tradition. The festival was named after a local bird, called “güis”, which is believed to announced death through its chirping.

Nicaragua’s ritual celebration of their dead

Nicaragua’s ritual celebration of their dead

Los Aguizotes are a series of characters such as headless men, devils, witches and ghosts that are part of Nicaragua’s folklore and tradition. The festival was named after a local bird, called “güis”, which is believed to announced death through its chirping.