Nicaragua declared the Immaculate Conception as the National Patroness of the country. This Festivity, popularly known as "La Purisima" is observed both religiously and culturally.
In 2012, Nicaragua celebrated the 450th annual patronage of the Immaculate Conception, that began in the city of "El Viejo," Chinadega Department.
During the Purisma, the custom is to gather in groups and visit houses with shrines to the Immaculate Conception and sing Marian hymns ending with the popular call of: QUIEN CAUSA TANTA ALEGRIA? LA CONCEPCION DE MARIA! Similar to caroling songs during Christmas time, carolers receive special candies or sweet treats given by the household, made especially for this occasion.