Managua, Nicaragua.– The entire city is celebrating. People from all over the country arrive with red and black flags, filling Plaza de la Fe.
Many Nicaraguans decided to stay through the early morning of this July 19, to welcome in the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, which defeated one of the bloodiest dictatorships on the continent.
Festivities invade homes in the neighborhoods surrounding the square. It was the poorest people and workers who were the first to start building on the rubble of the 1972 earthquake. Music fills the air, telling stories of guerilla fighters, war-torn love, and Revolution.
At night, trees of life - great meal structures with thousands of colored lights - light up the avenue stretching from Bolívar to Chávez streets. By morning thousands of people begin to descend upon this central boulevard.
The afternoon soon arrives; the sun is high in the sky and temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius.
Hundreds of thousands of Sandinista Front and national flags welcome Comandante Daniel Ortega and comrade Rosario Murillo.
Friends from across the entire world have come to share this moment. Traveling from Cuba is First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel.
He conveys greetings from the Cuban people and Army General Raúl Castro to the people of Nicaragua. The crowed erupts into applause.
The Sandinista Revolution continues to be an example for the peoples of Our America, states Díaz-Canel, noting that the country has made indisputable achievements in the political, economic, and social spheres.
To see in this concentration of people, so many youth, so many joyful and optimistic faces, is a sign that the blood shed was not in vain, that the example of the General of Free Men, Augusto César Sandino, of Comandante Carlos Fonseca Amador and all the soldiers who died during the struggle against imperial domination, live on, noted Cuba's First Vice President before demonstrations of popular support for the Front.
Bolivian President Evo Morales reaffirms his respect and admiration for the guerilla fighters who liberated the country and later rose to power through democratic means to launch a new process of transformations in the nation.
Salvadoran President, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, meanwhile, recalls his time as a guerilla, noting that he felt at home among the Nicaraguan people.
Among the crowd are participants to the Sao Paulo Forum, which was recently held in the Central America nation.
Then, Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera, is called upon to receive the Agusto C. Sandino Order, the country's highest distinction.
As the act commences, Vice President Rosario Murillo recalls the figure of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. His image, and that of Che's, are visible among the crowd, worn on wrist bands and t-shirts.
Daniel is the last to speak. Addressing the hundreds of youths in the bleachers he states that the future of Nicaragua is assured; calling on the new generations to preserve peace and unity in order to guarantee the future of the country.
The rain interrupts Daniel's speech. "We needed it after such a long period of drought," he notes. At the end of his remarks with shouts of "Long live the Revolution," an almost 20-minute fireworks display accompanies the rain, unable to stop celebrations this July 19, in Nicaragua.