The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, also called Immaculate Conception Day, celebrates the sinless lifespan and Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin Mary, celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast
of the Nativity of Mary, celebrated on September 8. It is one of the most
important Marian feasts in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic
Church celebrated worldwide. By Pontifical decree, it is the patronal feast
day of Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Nicaragua, Paraguay, the
Philippines, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay. By royal decree, it is
designated as the day honoring the patroness of Portugal. It is celebrated
by the Roman Catholic Church and some select Protestant Christian
denominations. Since 1953, the Pope visits the Column of the Immaculate
Conception in the Piazza di Spagna to offer expiatory prayers commemorating
the solemn event.
Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day
Saint Stephen's Day, or the Feast of Saint Stephen, is a Christian saint's day to commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or
protomartyr, celebrated on 26 December in the Latin Church and 27 December
in Eastern Christianity. The Eastern Orthodox Church adheres to the Julian
calendar and mark Saint Stephen's Day on 27 December according to that
calendar, which places it on 9 January of the Gregorian calendar used in
secular contexts. In Latin Christian denominations, Saint Stephen's Day
marks the second day of Christmastide.
Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה, Modern: Ḥanuka, Tiberian: Ḥanukā listen), also known as the Festival of Lights (Hebrew: חַג הַאוּרִים, Ḥag HaUrim), is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning…
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated after Christmas Day, occurring on the second day of Christmastide (26 December). Though it originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday.…
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