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When Is Feast of the Immaculate Conception? - Holidays in Australia

by Mike Wang on March 15, 2019

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Christian observance, particularly among the Catholic community, in Australia on December 8 each year.

Is Feast of the Immaculate Conception a Public Holiday?

Feast of the Immaculate Conception is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 8 December 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Australia.

What Do People Do?

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a widely observed event among the Catholic community in Australia. Many 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. Special prayers are also made as part of the feast. Some churches hold special anniversaries or events to coincide with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Many church-run schools teach their students about the observance and its meaning around this time of the year. Some people write feature articles about the observance in Catholic publications, both in print and online.

Public Life

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is an observance among many Christian churches but it is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia.

Background

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.

Some churches in Australia were officially opened on December 8 to coincide with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the past. For example, St Mary’s Cathedral, in Perth, was officially opened after renovations on December 8, 2009, to coincide with the feast.

Symbols

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 Australia are named in honor of the Immaculate Conception.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2015 Tue 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2016 Thu 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2017 Fri 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2018 Sat 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2019 Sun 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2020 Tue 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2021 Wed 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2022 Thu 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2023 Fri 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2024 Sun 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
2025 Mon 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian

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