Every Year, This Honduran City Rains Fish

Things don’t come easy in La Unión, a small community on the outskirts of Yoro, a farming town in north-central Honduras. Poverty is universal, jobs are scarce, large families are crammed into mud-brick homes and meals often consist corn and beans. But every once in a while an amazing thing happens, something that makes the residents of La Unión feel pretty special — the skies rain fish. It happens every year during the late spring and early summer, and only under specific conditions: a torrential downpour, thunder and lightning, conditions so intense that nobody dares to go outside. Once the storm clears, the villagers grab buckets and baskets and head down the road where the ground will be covered in hundreds of small, silver-colored fish. For some, it's the only time of the year they will have a chance to eat seafood. Fish dwell in subterranean streams and caverns that overflow during big rainstorms, and the rising water flushes the fish to ground level. Once the rain stops and the flooding recedes, the fish are left stranded. For about two decades, the occurrence has been celebrated in an annual festival that features a parade and a street carnival.