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Celebrations at the International Poetry Festival in Nicaragua

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A woman wearing a traditional Nicaraguan mask known as "Ahuizote", spits gasoline to make fire during the celebrations of the International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Feb. 16.

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A woman dressed as a traditional Nicaraguan character known as "The Widow" looks to the camera as she attends a symbolic burial of the "Sadness and Poverty of the soul" during the celebrations of the International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Feb. 16.

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People take part in carnival celebrations, part of the 5th International Poetry Festival in Granada, some 50km south of Managua, Wednesday, Feb. 18.

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A man looks under a Nicaraguan traditional doll known as 'La Gigantona' during the celebrations of the International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Feb 16.

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People wearing traditional Nicaraguan masks known as "Ahuizotes", carry a coffin during a symbolic burial of the "Sadness and Poverty of the soul" as part of the celebrations of the International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Feb. 16.

 

What an unique way to celebrate poetry.

The city of Granada is mostly known for its tourist interest due to its history and architecture. However, the city has also been characterized by its cultural profile which transformed Granada into the host city for the International Poetry Festival since 2005. This event is a celebration of poetry and culture with poets from all over the world participating, and it is currently the largest poetry event in Nicaragua and Central America.

Every year a large number of prestigious poets are invited to the city to participate in the Festival, which was first initiated by the Civil Society group. Internationally recognized poets travel to Granada – a city which might be declared Cultural and Natural Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO, an initiative supported by poets of the previous festivals – to recite poems and participate in this cultural event.

Find out more about this festival from here.