Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, observed every 8th December, holds a significant place on the Catholic calendar. Christians believe that the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin and chosen to be Jesus’ mother before her own birth. Her own birthday is also celebrated nine months later on September 8th.


Today is celebrated all over the world with all kinds of customs and rituals. In countries like Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, it involves lively processions and festivities. Portugal observes it as a public holiday, emphasising religious services. In Italy, the day is celebrated with family gatherings and prayers. In the US, Catholics attend Mass and processions, while lighting candles is customary in Poland and Ireland. These varied traditions reflect the global significance of honouring the Virgin Mary’s role in Christian faith, uniting communities through cultural expressions and devotion.


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