On eight December Spain celebrates “La Inmaculada Concepción”, better known as the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This is being celebrated nine months before the birth of Mary. Once Upon a Bike provides more information about this feast.
La Inmaculada Concepción is a dogma of the Catholic Church. They celebrate that Mary is received, nine months before her birth on 9 September. Mary is Jesus’ mother. So this can be called a very important occasion. Without this feast, Jesus was never born. Mary is chosen by God to give birth to Jesus. Many women in Spain carry the name Inma. Inma comes from “Inmaculada”.
This feast is celebrated each year on 8 December. This year La Inmaculada Concepción is on a Thursday. Normally shops are closed on Spanish holidays and Sundays. So also this year on the 8th of December the shops will be closed.
People confuse La Inmaculada Concepción often with the Virginal Conception of Mary, so the creation of Jesus. These two feasts are different. La Inmaculada Concepción is the creation of Mary.
Valencia doesn’t celebrate La Inmaculada Concepción in a special way. Most people have days off and most of them have a long weekend. They will spend this day with their family.