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Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Canada

Quick Facts

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Christian observance on December 8 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionEnglish
fête de l’Immaculée ConceptionFrench
Mariä EmpfängnisGerman

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
List of dates for other years

Many Christians, particularly those of Catholic faith, in Canada observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on or around December 8.

Virgin Mary mother of child Jesus

Various statues and other forms of artwork on the Immaculate Conception often feature the Virgin Mary as a young woman.

©iStockphoto.com/Domenico Pellegriti

What do people do?

Some churches in Canada, particularly the Catholic churches, hold special services (or masses) to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on or close to December 8. The feast focuses on the concept that the Virgin Mary was conceived without sin. Many churches that observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception are busy preparing for the occasion prior to its occurrence.

Many church-run schools teach their students about the observance and its meaning around this time of the year. Some people write feature articles about the observance in publications or gazettes that are centered on the theme of religion.

Public life

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is an observance among many Christian churches but it is not a nationwide public holiday in Canada.

Background

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception centers on the belief that Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary, was conceived without sin. Pope Pius IX issued an apostolic constitution, known as the Ineffabilis Deus, on December 8, 1854. This document clarified the importance of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church.

Symbols

Various paintings, statues and other forms of artwork have been made depicting the Immaculate Conception. Images of the Virgin Mary are shown in many of these artworks. Some churches and church-run schools in Canada are named in honor of the Immaculate Conception.

Conception Bay, in Newfoundland and Labrador, is named to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. People from Europe came to this area as far back as the early 1500s to use the bay for its rich marine resources.

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SatDec 81990Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SunDec 81991Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
TueDec 81992Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
WedDec 81993Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
ThuDec 81994Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
FriDec 81995Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SunDec 81996Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
MonDec 81997Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
TueDec 81998Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
WedDec 81999Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
FriDec 82000Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SatDec 82001Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SunDec 82002Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
MonDec 82003Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
WedDec 82004Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
ThuDec 82005Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
FriDec 82006Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SatDec 82007Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
MonDec 82008Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
TueDec 82009Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
WedDec 82010Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
ThuDec 82011Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SatDec 82012Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SunDec 82013Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
MonDec 82014Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
TueDec 82015Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
ThuDec 82016Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
FriDec 82017Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SatDec 82018Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
SunDec 82019Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
TueDec 82020Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 

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