Festivals and Events in Honduras
While it might not be at the top of everyone’s to go list, Honduras packs a punch for those who venture there. From religious observances to raves on the beach, this country has it all when it comes to festivals and you can be sure that they are all celebrated to the max. Expect good food, bright costumes, Latin music and more.
Punta Gorda Festival
This is an annual event that celebrates the first Garifuna people arriving in Punta Gorda on the island of Roatan. During the festival there are re-enactments of the settlers arriving and the reception with which they were met by the islanders. A march also takes place in commemoration of when the Garifuna escaped the slavery of the British and Spanish and became free people. Traditional songs, costumes and food are all part of the festivities.
Day of the Americas (Pan American Day)
This day dates back to the late 1800s when the idea of a unified America, encompassing North, Central and South America, was first brought about. It was first celebrated in 1931 and has been a tradition all over the continents ever since. In Honduras, people are particularly dedicated to the events with many offices hanging the flags of the member countries of the Pan American Union.
San Isidro Fair
Taking place in La Ceiba, the San Isidro Fair consists of a buzzing carnival and numerous parades marching along the main boulevard of Avenue San Isidro. Notable features of this event are the traditional costumes that are worn by the locals and the distinctly Latin music that floats through the air. There are also plenty of options for shopping during the festival as market sellers line the streets, hawking food, clothes, trinkets and more. This is the number one event in the Honduran calendar.
La Feria Juniana
Dedicated to the patron saint of San Pedro Sula - San Pedro (Saint Peter), this festival is an exciting event that sees the city erupt in an explosion of activity for an entire month. Generally, attendees can expect to see float parades roll through the streets, fireworks light up the sky and fairground rides eliciting screams from youngsters and adults alike. This festival is considered the second biggest festival in the country after the San Isidro Fair.
When it comes to partying, Honduras shows it can go just as hard as anyone else with its annual Sunjam Festival. The event takes place on a tiny three acre private island called Water Cay, which is virtually untouched for the rest of the year. There is always an impressive line up of DJs and thousands of attendees who are ready to dance and party for a whole 24 hours. Ferries and private boats take festival-goers from Utila to Water Cay and bring them back afterwards.
Corn plays a huge role in many rural areas across Honduras so it only makes sense that they have a festival to celebrate it. Not only is it consumed in vast quantities here but it is also sold and, therefore, has a huge impact on the local economies. During this festival, costumes and jewellery are made from corn husks, fireworks are set off and there are all kinds of corn-inspired competitions and performances.