Elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Feast of the Immaculate Conception




    Introduction:

    Immaculate Conception is a catholic dogma related to the “Virgin Mary’s conception without original sin”, as recognized by Pope Pius IX, on December 8, 1854. On December 8 each year, catholic churches in Macao celebrate the feast, according to liturgical instructions from the Catholic Diocese of Macau. The day of Immaculate Conception corresponds to an important celebration of the Diocese of Macau. of the catholic Portuguese living and the local catholic Macanese communities in Macao.

     

    Conservation Status:

    The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a traditional local feast that has a long-standing history. Being an important date of the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Diocese of Macau, this day is designated as one of the public holidays of Macao – the only place in Asia to have it as a public holiday. On the day of celebration, the churches in Macao organize great masses, also including a procession in honor of Virgin Mary, while some local catholic schools also hold religious activities on that date.

     

    Heritage Value:

    The Feast of the Immaculate Conception corresponds to an array of religious activities, which have become characteristic of Macao, being attended by a large number of devotees and local residents every year. This is a significant event that embodies Macao's cultural diversity, and is also important for the study of the local religious culture.


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