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Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Italy

Quick Facts

Immaculate Conception Day is a nationwide holiday in Italy on December 8 that celebrates the belief that Jesus’ mother Mary is “free of sin”.

Local names

NameLanguage
ImmacolataItalian
Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionEnglish
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

The feast of the Immaculate Conception (L'Immacolata Concezione) is an Italian public holiday celebrated annually on December 8. The day commemorates when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was graced by God to lead a life “free of sin” according to Catholic belief.

Jesus' mother Mary is honored on L'Immacolata Concezione, held on December 8 in Italy.

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What do people do?

Immaculate Conception Day is a day when many Italians attend a church mass to honor Mary, whom they believe is immaculate, or “free from sin”. One of the highlights is a celebration led by the Catholic pope in Rome, who kneels in prayer and lays a floral wreath on the statue of the Madonna at the Piazza Mignanelli. In some places there is street entertainment by jugglers and street clowns for the public.   

Public life

The feast of the Immaculate Conception is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

Many shops are open at this time of the year for people to start their Christmas shopping. Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check routes and timetables with the local transport authorities.

Background

The celebration of the Immaculate Conception can be traced back to when the Vatican officially declared the feast on December 8, 1854. This holiday is celebrated in some other countries worldwide.

Symbols

Many shops in Italy sell paintings, statues, relics and other types of artwork related to Mary, Jesus’ mother, also referred to as the Virgin Mary.

About Feast of the Immaculate Conception in other countries

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observances

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

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