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Las Purisimas

Las Purisimas (Coverpage) by Edgardo Buitrago Buitrago. 

2a ed. Managua, Nicaragua: PAVSA, 2010.




Another Mary found in Nicaragua goes by the title of La Purisima. La Purisima is celebrating the purest conception of Virgin Mary. Essentially, it is saying Mary had no stains, or was the purest form of a human. Many Nicaraguans celebrate this Mary by giving offerings. During the celebration, family, friends and neighbors are all invited over to a house in order to show its respects to its Purisima. The gathering starts with a Novena. Which is a prayer. There are often songs that could take the place of the opening prayer. Song is a very important part of the celebration where members of the family get their instruments out to play. To add to the celebration, family members will set off fire crackers or other fireworks. According to the Catholic calendar, the celebration takes place on December 8th, although many families celebrate at the end of November, or during December at some point. The celebration is meant to last nine days where there are nine songs and prayers for those nine days. They bring gifts for La Purisimas, that are meant to be gifts of meaning. Gifts often include spices, honey and candies. They will give fruit such as limes sweet lemons. There will be sugar cane as well as traditional beverages. They also spend a lot of their time decorating their alters for the celebration. The city of De Leon in Nicaragua celebrates by doing many of the things were mentioned previous. They also use flutes or other wooden instruments to play the songs and participate in the celebration. Overall, the celebration is unique to the people of Nicaragua. Each family puts its own twist on the celebration, mainly on how they interpret the image of the Virgin Mary from their family, and ancestors. The large celebration takes place on the last night, which is the ninth day. The previous eight days are celebrated but in a more private gathering with just the family. The eighth day praises the trinity, and the ninth day praises Mary.

Buitrago, Edgardo Buitrago. Las Purisimas. 2a ed. Managua, Nicaragua: PAVSA, 2010.

Researched by Samuel D. White

Popular Devotions

On December the 8th a feast in celebrated for La Purisimas. The celebration last 8 days with each day representing something new.

Hail Mary

Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo. 
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. 
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús. 
Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, 
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.

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