Feast of the Immaculate Conception

La festa dell'Immacolata Concezione

National HolidayReligious


  • Honors Mother Mary
  • Celebrated annually on December 8
  • Italian public holiday
  • Pope-led celebration in Rome
  • Start of Christmas preparations
All of Italy
Firenze, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
December 8
 - December 8

Occurs annually, December 8

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Public holiday, expect closures of government offices, schools, and businesses


La Festa dell’Immacolata Concezione is an Italian public holiday that occurs annually on December 8th. The day is dedicated to honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus, who, according to Catholic belief, was graced by a higher power to lead a sin-free life.

Italians come together to attend church masses in her honor, with a special celebration led by the Catholic Pope in Rome.

This day also marks the beginning of the Christmas preparations for many Italians, making it a festive time filled with decorations and celebrations. During this holiday, you can expect various street entertainers such as jugglers and clowns providing entertainment for the public.

As a visitor, you can join in the festivities by attending local church masses, observing the Pope’s celebration, and partaking in the beginning of the Christmas season.

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a national event celebrated throughout Italy, with various festivities and observances taking place across the country.


The Feast of the Immaculate Conception traces its roots back to December 8, 1854, when the Vatican officially declared it a feast.

The day has since become a significant Marian holiday, alongside the Annunciation (March 25) and the Assumption (August 15). Although the concept of Mary’s immaculate conception is not explicitly mentioned in the scriptures, it has evolved over centuries through theological discussions and the devotion of the Church.

The belief that Mary was conceived immaculately was widely held since at least Late Antiquity, and the dogma was not formally defined until Pope Pius IX issued his papal bull Ineffabilis Deus in 1854.

Today, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed as a holy day of obligation or patronal feast in many Catholic countries, with Italy recognizing it as a national public holiday.

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