You may see processions and hear music in festival-loving Masaya at any time of year, but the most exciting time to visit is on Sundays between mid-September and mid-December, when the town indulges in a ninety-day period of revelry known as the Fiesta de San Jerónimo. The beginning of the fiesta sees the Torovenado, a fascinating costumed procession of cross-dressing dancers, mythical creatures and grotesque caricatures. In late January, the Fiesta de San Sebastián features a large-scale mock battle followed by a peace ceremony. A more recent invention is the popular Jueves de Verbena, held every Thursday evening throughout the year in the renovated Mercado Nacional de Artesanía, which offers stalls, food and traditional music.

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