The feast of the Immaculate Conception (L’Immacolata Concezione) is a public and religious holiday in Italy. Vatican officially declared the feast on December 8, 1854 by Pope Pius IX.
The day commemorates when Virgin Mary was greced by God to lead a life ‘free of sin’ according to Catholic belief.
In Rome, the Pope leads celebrations on December 8th in St. Peters square at noon. Later in the day the Pope goes to statue of the Madonna at the Piazza Mignanelli (next to Spanish Steps) and leaves floral wreath. This tradition dates back to 1958.
This religious holiday also marks the beginning of Christmas season in Rome. Families visit Christmas markets and start their Christmas shopping. Italian cities light their Christmas trees.
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