In early December in Gettysburg’s Nicaraguan sister city of Leon, the holiday season begins with elaborate but homemade shrines to the Virgin Mary on a night called La Griteria.

Families walk the streets of Leon from one shrine to another, crying out “Who causes such joy?” with the answer coming back “The birth of Mary.”

Greg Bowles is the current director for Project Gettysburg Leon, the sister city program between Gettysburg and the country of Nicaragua that was founded in 1986.

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