The most revered leader of the Lenca people was Chief Lempira who, in the 1500s, managed to hold off invading Spanish forces. Though Lempira was ultimately killed by conquistadors, he is celebrated every July 20 on what’s known as Lempira Day. During the Lempira Festival, the normally sleepy town of Gracias, Honduras hosts the biggest celebration of them all with a three-hour Lempira Day Parade, air force flyovers, and fireworks.
For more about Lempira Day and other reasons to visit this part of Honduras, check out our travel story about Gracias for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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