Not only is Immaculate Conception Day included in Chile’s holiday calendar, but it is a major holiday for many devout Roman Catholics here.
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Most people attend Conception Day mass on 8 December or on a day earlier in the week, but the main events take place at Lo Vasquez Sanctuary about 50 miles outside Santiago. Large groups of people can be seen going on pilgrimage from the capital city to Lo Vasquez on foot or on bike. There are special masses held throughout the week and once every hour between midnight and 7pm on 8 December.
Catholic traditions have Mary being conceived by her mother Saint Anne – her father being Saint Joachim, on 8 December. The doctrine states that she was preserved from all sin from the moment of her conception and throughout her entire life.
Praying or singing to the Virgin Mary and listening to sermons on Mary and her sinless conception and life are the main activities. This is a very religious holiday in a very religious nation.