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Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Canada

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

Is Feast of the Immaculate Conception a Public Holiday?

Feast of the Immaculate Conception is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, December 8, 2018 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in Canada.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010WedDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2011ThuDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2012SatDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2013SunDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2014MonDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2015TueDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2016ThuDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2017FriDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2018SatDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2019SunDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 
2020TueDec 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian 

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