For our last holiday season in Nicaragua, we wanted to be at home in Esteli and spend Christmas and New Years Eve like most Nicaraguans do: in family. We had two main goals, one of for each holiday. For Christmas I wanted to try the seasonal dish lomo relleno, and for New Years Eve Emily wanted to make our own viejo. Continue reading Home is Where the Holiday Is
From fireworks starting at 3:30 am and processions at 5 as the sun is peeking over the mountains, to Easter sunday services and that big egg-laying bunny: however you celebrate today, may it be filled with joy, hope, love, and peace.
While we set far more goals than we could ever accomplish for our week off during Semana Santa, one we’re happy we met was visiting some of our favorite Nicaraguan friends/family to placticar (chat). For us, Holy Week 2016 was all about reflection, renewal, insight, food, and spending time with those who matter.
As a proud Midwesterner, I’m honored to have been asked to participate in a series of posts on the Midwest Peace Corps Volunteers blog about spending the holiday season abroad. As I explained my interview:
“It is difficult to not compare your holiday celebrations back home with the various ones in your host country. Simultaneously, it’s natural to feel homesick and long for the familiar. In reality, the holidays mean many different things to those back home as well. Even if you narrow it to one holiday, every family has their own traditions, their own way of doing things. My advice to help your season be merry and bright: creatively celebrate your own traditions and try to just throw yourself into as many community festivities during the month as possible. During the holidays, it’s all about Peace Corps Goals Two and Three.”
The month of December here in Nicaragua sure has been an adventure! In addition to our TEFL Peace Corps trainings, the National Nica TESOL Conference, and visiting fellow PCVs in the Estelí/surrounding area, we’ve been celebrating away with the rest of our community. It’s been a great month to get a general feel of Estelíanos.
It is difficult to not compare our Christmas celebrations back home with the various celebrations here. In reality, Christmas means many different things to those in the states as well. Every family has their own traditions, their own ways of doing things. Therefore we tried two things to help our season be merry and bright: We tried to creatively create our own traditions, and we tried to just throw ourselves into as many community festivities during the month that we could!