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Saint Teresa Canonisation Day in 2019

National and public holidays in Albania National Holiday in Albania

Mother Theresa
Mother Teresa's Eyes by Denise Krebs via Flickr

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Dates of Saint Teresa Canonisation Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Saturday
2019 Thursday
2018 Wednesday
2017 Thursday
2016 Wednesday
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Dita e Nënë Terezës
Summary
Marks the canonisation of Mother Teresa by Pope Francis in 2016

Saint Teresa Canonisation Day Mother Theresa Day (Albanian: Dita e Nënë Terezës) is an annual national holiday in Albania and is always held on 5 Sepetember.

The holiday marks the canonisation of Saint Teresa by Pope Francis in 2016.

Prior to 2018, a holiday had been observed on 19 October to mark Mother Teresa's beatification. Mother Teresa Beatification Day will no longer be observed and is replaced by Saint Teresa Canonization Day.

History of Saint Teresa Canonisation Day

Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910, in Skopje (now the capital of Macedonia) in the Ottoman Empire. Born to a family of Albanian ancestry, she was named Anjezë (Agnes) Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.

From an early Agnes had been inspired by tales of missionaries and when she was 18, she moved to Ireland to join a nunnery to learn English.

Having arrived India in 1929, she became a nun in 1931, adopting the name Teresa, after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries.

In 1950, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation.

Today, expanding beyond the original location of Calcutta, the 4000 sisters of the congregation run orphanages, AIDS hospices, soup kitchens and mobile clinics in 123 countries; caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine.

Members of the congregation must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as well as a fourth vow, to give 'wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor'.

Mother Teresa gained worldwide recognition for her charitable works and was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She became famous as 'Teresa of Calcutta'.

Mother Teresa died on 5 September 1997 at the age of 87. She was granted a state funeral by the Indian government in gratitude for her services to the poor of all religions in India.

On 19 October 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta" by Pope John Paul II.

In September 2016, Mother Teresa was canonised and became a saint. Pope Francis delivered the formula for the canonisation of the Albanian-born nun - known as the 'saint of the gutters' - before huge crowds of pilgrims who had gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

Mother Teresa once said 'By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun'. Teresa's Albanian heritage is a source of pride to Albanians and this national holiday was established in Albania to mark her beatification Ceremony.

The reverence in which Mother Theresa is held in Albania was further shown in 2010, which was declared as the 'Year of Mother Teresa' to mark 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa .

The international airport, the main hospital and the second biggest public square in Tirana, Albania's capital, are named after her


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