Immaculate Conception Day in Switzerland in 2020

Immaculate Conception Day in Switzerland in 2020

  How long until Immaculate Conception Day?
This holiday next takes place in 149 days.
  Dates of Immaculate Conception Day in Switzerland
2022 Dec 8
AargauThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
FribourgThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
GraubündenThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
LucerneThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
NidwaldenThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ObwaldenThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SchwyzThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SolothurnThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
TicinoThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
UriThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ValaisThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ZugThu, Dec 8Regional Holiday
2021 Dec 8
AargauWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
FribourgWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
GraubündenWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
LucerneWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
NidwaldenWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ObwaldenWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SchwyzWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SolothurnWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
TicinoWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
UriWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ValaisWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ZugWed, Dec 8Regional Holiday
2020 Dec 8
AargauTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
FribourgTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
GraubündenTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
LucerneTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
NidwaldenTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ObwaldenTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SchwyzTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SolothurnTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
TicinoTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
UriTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ValaisTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ZugTue, Dec 8Regional Holiday
2019 Dec 8
AargauSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
UriSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ZugSun, Dec 8Regional Holiday
2018 Dec 8
AargauSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
FribourgSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
GraubündenSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
LucerneSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SchwyzSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
SolothurnSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
TicinoSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
UriSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ValaisSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
ZugSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
  Summary
It is a day that celebrates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life
  Local name
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  Immaculate Conception Day in other countries
Immaculate Conception Day internationally
  Which regions observe Immaculate Conception Day in 2020?
  AargauDec 8Regional Holiday
  Appenzell InnerrhodenDec 8Regional Holiday
  FribourgDec 8Regional Holiday
  GraubündenDec 8Regional Holiday
  LucerneDec 8Regional Holiday
  NidwaldenDec 8Regional Holiday
  ObwaldenDec 8Regional Holiday
  SchwyzDec 8Regional Holiday
  SolothurnDec 8Regional Holiday
  TicinoDec 8Regional Holiday
  UriDec 8Regional Holiday
  ValaisDec 8Regional Holiday
  ZugDec 8Regional Holiday

Immaculate Conception Day in Switzerland

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a public holiday in the following regions of Switzerland: Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Graubünden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Solothurn, Schwyz, Ticino, Uri, Valais and Zug.

When is Immaculate Conception?

Any Christian holiday that takes place in December is always in the shadow of Christmas Day. It is therefore surprising to some to see how many countries observe this holiday.

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.

This day is also a holiday in Panama, who celebrate Mother's Day with a public holiday on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Guam also observe a public holiday to venerate a statue of Mary on December 8th. 

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 day 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.

*If you think about it, December 8th is unlikely to be the date that Jesus was "conceived". It is the Feast of the Annunciation that celebrates the visit of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce to her that she would become the mother of Jesus. The date of the Feast of the Annunciation is March 25th - nine months before Christmas Day. Once the date of Christmas was finally accepted, then the March 25th was a no-brainer to be the date of the annunciation.

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