Location of Yoro department

Lluvia de Peces (Rain of Fish) is a phenomenon that has allegedly been occurring for more than a century on a yearly basis in Yoro,Honduras.[1][2][3] It is also known as the aguacero de pescado.[4][5]


Beginning in 1998, locals of Honduras have held an annual Festival de Lluvia de Peces to celebrate the phenomenon. The date of the festival is variable, coinciding with the first major rainfall in June or July. The festival includes a parade and carnival.[4][6][7]


The explanation generally offered for the rain of fish is meteorogical, in terms of strong winds or waterspouts, as for other accounts of raining animals[7][8] The most likely source of the fish is the Atlantic Ocean, about 200km (140 miles) away. This explanation is seen as improbable as it requires the unlikely coincidence of waterspouts collecting fish in the open sea every year in May - June and transporting it directly to Yoro.[9]

An alternative explanation is that the fish are fresh water fish, and that they swim from a nearby river into a subterranean water current or cave system. The heavy rain washes the fish up out of their usual habitat and the water recedes to leave the fish stranded.[9]

Father Subirana miracleEdit

Spanish priest Father José Manuel (Jesus de) Subirana has been a significant figure in the history of Christianity in Honduras. He arrived in Honduras in 1855 and worked here until his death in 1864, converting to Christian faith several groups of indigenous people. He is revered as a courageous and fair missionary, helping local people to fight for their rights to the land of their ancestors. One of such groups of indigenous people were Jicaques who lived around contemporary Yoro and remained independent until the middle of 19th century. Father Subirana with persuasion and God's word did what others could not achieve with weapons - he managed to "return" Jicaques to Christian world. His intents were noble - but nowadays no one speaks in Jicaque language anymore. Today the name of Father Subirana though is closely linked with the legend of Yoro fish rain, while his real achievements are less remembered. The legend tells the following: "Father Subirana saw how poor are the people in Honduras and prayed 3 days and 3 nights asking God for miracle to help the poor people and to provide them food. After these three days and nights God took note on this and there came a dark cloud. Lots of tasty fish rained from the sky, feeding all the people. Since then this wonder is repeated every year." [7][10]

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