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INTUR announces its Christmas activities

Cinthia Membreño | Nov 23, 2011

An original aquatic purisima and a culinary Christmas contest will be held in Nicaragua in December.

December will be a month of religious traditions and a Christmas cuisine contest in Nicaragua. The original celebration of the aquatic "purísima", which takes place every year in Puerto Salvador Allende (Managua), and the Third National Cooking Contest "Traditional Christmas Dish" will be two of the activities promoted by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR).

July Videa, promotion and marketing director of the institution, said during a press conference given in Managua that both events are held annually to promote the preservation of those Nicaraguan traditions - both religious and culinary - that take place during the last month of year.

"The aquatic purisima is a unique event in the world. We expect that on December 10, at 3:00 pm, about 6 thousand people attend this unique procession of altar of the Virgin Mary, "said Videa. Also, the director explained that other boats, designed by local fishermen, will also be part of a water parade on Lake Managua. Music will be in charge of the municipal band Managua's town hall.

Furthermore, Videa invited all Nicaraguans to participate in the third edition of a Nicaraguan traditional cuisine contest. "Our only requirement is that participants must be adults and that they haven't taken professional cooking classes," he said.

The selection of the best chefs will be divided in two phases. The first one will choose a representative of the 17 departments of the country. Then, these competitors will go to the nationals and one of them will be named the winner. The final event will take place at Multicentro Las Americas (Managua) on December 18, at 2:00 pm.

All of those who are interested in participating should register themselves at the departmental delegations of INTUR. It is worth mentioning that the first department to compete will be Masaya. The event will be held on Saturday, November 26.