The Feast of Immaculate Conception is being celebrated every December 8 to venerate the sinless lifespan and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception as infallible in the bull or formal proclamation making this doctrine an important article of faith for Roman Catholics.
In the Philippines, December 8 is now an official special non-working holiday after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on December 23, 2017, the Republic Act 10966 also known as “An Act Declaring December 8 of Every Year A Special Nonworking Holiday in the Entire Country to Commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines.”
This celebration was first introduced by the Eastern Christian Church as early as 5th century as “Feast of the Conception of the Most Holy and All Pure Mother of God” every December 9 in Syria. This celebration was celebrated specifically for Saint Anne being termed sylepsis tes hagias kai theoprometoros Annas” (“conception of Saint Anne, the Ancestress of God”)
Before the declaration of Pope Pius IX in 1854, most missals or liturgical books referred to it as the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To date, this celebration is being recognized in 25 countries in the whole world including the Philippines. The Feast of Immaculate Conception celebration is followed by nine days of Novena Masses. Those days include cultural shows, talent shows, and livelihood training sessions
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