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Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Mexico

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción de María) is celebrated in Catholic churches in Mexico and worldwide on December 8. It focuses on the concept that Jesus’ mother Mary was conceived without sin.

Virgin Mary mother of child Jesus
The Catholic church believes Mary was conceived without sin.
The Catholic church believes Mary was conceived without sin.
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Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Many churches hold special masses dedicated to Mary and her conception. It is a particularly special event in the town of San Juan de los Lagos in northeastern Jalisco, central Mexico. Celebrations include street festivals, food stalls, music, exhibitions, and games.

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The feast of the Immaculate Conception is a religious observance and not a statutory federal holiday in Mexico.

About the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Many theologians, including St Thomas Aquinas, questioned the idea of Mary’s immaculate conception until Pope Pius IX proclaimed it to be an essential dogma in the Catholic Church on December 8, 1854. The written document on this is known as the Ineffabilis Deus. Since then, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the belief that Mary was born without sin and that God chose her to be Jesus’ mother.

About Feast of the Immaculate Conception in other countries

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedDec 82010Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
ThuDec 82011Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
SatDec 82012Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
SunDec 82013Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
MonDec 82014Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
TueDec 82015Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
ThuDec 82016Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
FriDec 82017Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
SatDec 82018Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
SunDec 82019Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance
TueDec 82020Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance

Quick Facts

Catholics in Mexico observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to honor the idea that the Virgin Mary’s conception was pure and faultless.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionEnglish
Inmaculada Concepción de MaríaSpanish
Mariä EmpfängnisGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in December 2016 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on December 8, 2016

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