Saints Day of La Puríssima or Immaculada Concepció de la Mare de Déu

December 8th

December 8th is the Saints' Day of La Puríssima or Immaculada Concepció de la Mare de Déu, which is a public holiday in Spain and a reason for festivals fairs around Catalonia.

The Immaculada Concepció or Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic doctrine that states that God saved Mary from original sin and so she was able to live a life completely free from sin.

The doctrine was confirmed by Pope Pius IX on December 8th 1854 and that's why the day is a holiday.

A parallel concept is the Ascension, which states that both the body and soul went to heaven on her death rather than just her soul like everyone else.

It is important to remember that the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary, which was the result of sexual relations between Saint Anne and Saint Joachim.

This contrasts with the conception of Jesus, which is celebrated on March 25th, nine months before his birth, and was the work of the Holy Ghost.





Festes de La Puríssima or Immaculada Concepció de la Mare de Déu

December 8th is the Saints' Day of La Puríssima or Immaculada Concepció de la Mare de Déu, which is a public holiday in Spain and a reason for festivals fairs around Catalonia.

Barcelona Province

  • Festa major de la Puríssima in Guardiola de Berguedà 

Around Catalonia

  • Festa Major d'Hivern in Cambrils (el Baix Camp)

Catalan-speaking Countries

  • Festes de la Puríssima in Ontinyent (la Vall d'Albaida)
  • Festa de la Puríssima in Forada i Buscatell (Eivissa) 




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