Christmas Day in Nicaragua is observed each year on 25 December. The Christmas season is still very much a religious and Roman Catholic time. The season begins 1 December and runs through to 6 January, Epiphany Day, when children traditionally receive presents in their shoes from The Three Wise Men.
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For three weeks before 25 December, people will be busy buying nativity figurines, toys, decorations, and Christmas food. On 8 December, a two-day feast called “La Purisima” is held to honour the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. This is a day of special church services, fireworks, and festivities.
Throughout December, children will continue to bring floral bouquets to the church altar and to sing Christmas hymns there. And you’ll see homes, churches, and other buildings decorated with poinsettias and Shepherd’s Flowers.
Finally, on Christmas Eve, people attend midnight mass. They stand in line at church to kiss a statue of Jesus in a nativity scene. Back home after mass, it’s time for a late night family dinner and for openings the presents.
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