Nicaragua has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by Iberian culture but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavors. The west of the country was colonized by Spain and has a similar culture to other Spanish-
Recent immigration by Spanish speakers has largely influenced younger generations, and an increasing number of people are either bilingual at home or speak Spanish only. There is a relatively large population of people of mixed African descent, as well as a smaller Garifuna population. Due to the African influence, in the East Coast, there is a different kind of music. It is the popular dance music called ‘Palo de Mayo‘, or Maypole, which is celebrated during the Maypole Festival, during the month of May. The music is sensual with intense rhythms.
The celebration is derived from the British Maypole for May Day celebration, as adapted and transformed by the Afro-
Of the many cultures that were present before European colonization, the Nahuatl-