Immaculate Conception Day in Italy in 2019

Immaculate Conception Day in Italy in 2019
  How long until Immaculate Conception Day?
This holiday next takes place in 77 days.
  Dates of Immaculate Conception Day in Italy
2021 Italy Wed, Dec 8 Public Holiday
2020 Italy Tue, Dec 8 Public Holiday
2019 Italy Sun, Dec 8 Public Holiday
2018 Italy Sat, Dec 8 Public Holiday
2017 Italy Fri, Dec 8 Public Holiday
It is a day that celebrates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life
  Local name
Immacolata Concezione
  Immaculate Conception Day in other countries
Immaculate Conception Day internationally

When is Immaculate Conception?

On December 8th, many countries including Argentina, Austria, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with a public holiday.

In the Philippines in 2017, President Duterte signed a law that declared the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th as a national holiday in recognition of the Filipinos’ strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This has now become a special working day.

History of Immaculate Conception

It is a day that celebrates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life.

For Roman Catholics, it is observed as a day of obligation with required church attendance.

The Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation whose meaning is often confused.

By the sounds of it, one would think we would celebrate the day Jesus was conceived. On the contrary, it is the day that the Blessed Mother Mary was conceived. 

Mary's mother was St. Anne and her father was Joachim. While they are not mentioned in the bible, their names appear in some very early Christian texts. Anne and Joachim had been a childless couple until an angel appeared telling Anne that she would give birth to a child that the world would honour. Anne became a saint as she offered her child to god's service.

This day has been celebrated since at least the eighth century, but the idea that the word immaculate means that Mary was born without original sin divided many theological scholars over the centuries. It wasn't until 1854 that the argument was decided when Pope Pious IX proclaimed this belief to be an essential dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.

All schools and public offices will be closed. Banks are closed and there will be no postal service.

However most shops remain open as the day is generally viewed as the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

Some towns may be busier than normal as this is often the day that the Christmas lights are switched on.

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