Nicaragua is a very Catholic country and includes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on its official holiday calendar. The Virgin Mary is also considered to be the Patron Saint of Nicaragua, which adds further significance to her feast day.
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In Nicaragua, people celebrate the sinless conception, birth, and life of Mary by attending special masses, feasting with family at home, and praying “Novenas” to Mary to thank her for her protection and help throughout the preceding year. Many also sing songs to Mary all night long and finish up by setting off fireworks.
Catholic traditions have Mary being conceived by her mother Saint Anne – her father being Saint Joachim, on 8 December. The doctrine states that she was preserved from all sin from the moment of her conception and throughout her entire life.
There are two locations in Nicaragua of special importance on Immaculate Conception Day. First, there is the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Managua. Second, there is the Fortress of the Immaculate Conception on the San Juan River, which dates from 1675 and helped defend the country against pirates and invaders for centuries.