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Celebrating Central American Independence

News from Nicaragua | Tuesday, 13 September 2016 |

One hundred and ninety-five years ago on 15 September, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — declared themselves independent from Spain.

To mark the anniversary, every year more than 20,000 young people carry a torch of peace and liberty through the five countries. This year the torch started in Guatemala on 1 September and will arrive in Costa Rica on 15 September.

In Nicaragua, the event was marked with a celebration in Managua with a choir of 600 children from 35 municipalities all around the country who sang songs expressing Nicaragua’s cultural identity.

Newly crowned world super flyweight boxing champion, Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez, was guest of honour.

President Daniel Ortega highlighted the importance of strengthening Central American unity, a unity based on raising people's sense of wellbeing, health, education, and culture.