Many Christians, particularly those of the 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. Businesses have normal opening hours.
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 observance and its meaning around this time of the year. Some people write feature articles about observance in publications or gazettes that are centred on the theme of religion.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is an observance among many Christian churches but it is not a nationwide public holiday in Canada.
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.
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 honour 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.