Immaculate Conception is held on December 8. Public holiday in several countries, a holy day of obligation in others. This event in the first decade of the month December is annual. Help us
The Immaculate Conception became official Catholic teaching in 1854, announced by Pope Pius IX. Four years later, people claimed that Mary appeared to a girl named Bernadette in Lourdes, France, and that Mary told Bernadette: "I am the Immaculate Conception." The dogma of the Immaculate Conception asserts that, "from the first moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of Mankind, kept free from all stain of original sin."
She ascended into heaven. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is the subject of a lot of misconceptions (so to speak). Perhaps the most common one, held even by many Catholics, is that it celebrates the conception of Christ in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That the feast occurs only 17 days before Christmas should make the error obvious! We celebrate another feast—the Annunciation of the Lord—on March 25, exactly nine months before Christmas. It was at the Annunciation when the Blessed Virgin Mary humbly accepted the honor bestowed on her by God and announced by the angel Gabriel, that the conception of Christ took place.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
National Police Day in Peru on December 6 (Día de la Policía Nacional);
Día del Ejército or Army Day in Peru on December 9 (commemorating the victory of the patriotic armed forces at the Battle of Ayacucho in 1824);
World Otaku Day on December 15 (a person who is passionate about something);