Yesterday, the 31st of July 2018, the tiny image of Santo Domingo de Guzmán (“Minguito”) was taken down from inside the church of Las Sierritas so that it can be decorated for the start of ten days of processions and celebrations which form Managua’s Patron Saint Festivities or “Fiestas Patronales” that run from August 1st to the 10th.
History states that at the end of the 19th century a tiny Catholic statue of Santo Domingo de Guzmán was found in the center of the nation’s capital of Managua. Mystery surrounded the discovery, however; it became the catalyst for the start of a traditional festival that over the years has become a massive celebration of “Minguito” festivities. For some it’s strictly a religious ceremony and for others it’s yet another excuse to have a party and take part in equestrian parades and street festivities.
The National Police have presented a Security Plan for the patron saint festivities in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzmán 2018. The plan is the responsibility of the Comisionado General Fernando Borge (Second Chief of the Metropolitan Delegation of Managua) and includes 100 points where vehicles will be regulated and 160 points of crown control. In addition, they will be protecting the official locations where firework displays have been authorized.
Borge announced that; “The National Police is ready to give security and protection to the activities related to the celebration of the patron saint festivities of the City of Managua with up to 3,000 police officers guaranteeing the security and protection of the parishioners attending the events”.
Police coverage started on the 31st of July with some of the traditional activities in; Las Sierritas de Santo Domingo, Barrio San Judas, Gancho de Camino, Barrio San José Oriental and the Cristo Rey roundabout.
The Chief of Police reminded attendees of the weapons prohibition in relation to the possession of firearms and sharp instruments in the City of Managua from August 1st to the 10th.