Friday, December 10, 2010

‘Tis the season?

Every year in Nicaragua, Purísima is celebrated, which is a holiday commemorating the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. Though it has Catholic origins, the majority of the country celebrates it regardless of beliefs.

Purísima (December 7th and 8th) is a bigger event to most people than Christmas is, and there are a lot of traditions and activities associated with it. The most noticeable one is the setting off of firecrackers at 6:00pm, midnight, 6:00am, and noon on the 7th and 8th. Though these are the official times for firecrackers on the holiday, many people all over town use the season as an excuse to set off firecrackers in the street at all hours of the day during the weeks that surround the holiday itself!

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