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Festive colors come out during first day of Santo Domingo celebrations in Nicaragua

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A girl, carrying a religious statue, takes part in Santo Domingo festivities in Managua, Nicaragua on Aug. 1. Some of the faithful coat their bodies in a black lubricant, red paint and traditional clothes annually as a promise for a prayer or miracle they believe was performed or answered by Managua's patron saint, Santo Domingo de Guzman. The first 10 days of August are reserved for the carnival-like celebration of Santo Domingo with processions, bullfights, parties and church services.

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A devotee covered in motor oil takes a rest in the celebrations honoring the patron saint of Managua, Santo Domingo de Guzman in Nicaragua on Aug. 1.

Esteban Felix / AP

People take part in Santo Domingo festivities in Managua, Nicaragua on Aug. 1.