Nicaragua – December
The Spanish imposed Catholicism (perpetuated over the years) has produced some of the most popular and deeply religious celebrations that have also managed to maintain a regional flavor. The Purisima (La Purísima) is one of the most important of these festivals and is celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm. December 8th marks the celebration of the Immaculate Conception and honors the Virgin Mary. It is celebrated with deep conviction in all of the towns and villages of Nicaragua.