Nejapa Fire Ball Festival

 Ruben has been telling me about the Nejapa Fire Ball festival for over a year now and I must say I have been looking forward to this strange and scary cultural experience.

The reason for this celebration dates back to 1658 when the volcano Playon erupted shooting bombs or balls of fire in the air.  The Spaniards and Indigenous people had to leave and actually move their town to, the currect location in Nejapa, because of the lava flow.  So they continue the celebration, as a remembrance, on August 31 of every year.  It is now a huge tourist attraction and it is safe to say that more than 1,000 people gathered last night, in the rain, for hours to see the fire ball throwing. It gets really crazy when the two sides start to throw the balls back and forth.  They even throw them into the crowds which is really scary and super dangerous.  But they do have police and the Red Cross out to attend to people who get burned.  The balls consists of tightly wrapped material with wire and soaked in gasoline. They are then set on fire and thrown at the opposing side or into the crowd.  I had a few close calls and if I go again I will go prepared with special gloves as you can the guy has on below.

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