Liechtenstein Nativity of the Virgin Mary: September 8
Feast Day or the Nativity of the Virgin Mary is celebrated as a public holiday.
Liechtenstein is a catholic country with a population of 35,000. It has a great tradition of celebrating catholic holidays with great enthusiasm. In the same way, it celebrates the birth of Virgin Mary as a public holiday on September 8th every year. The day has great religious value as it is directly related to the birth of Christ.
Nativity of the Virgin Mary Day History
The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated at least by the sixth century, when St. Romanos the Melodist, an Eastern Christian who composed many of the hymns used in the Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies, composed a hymn for the feast. The feast spread to Rome in the seventh century, but it was a couple more centuries before it was celebrated throughout the West.
The source for the story of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal gospel written about A.D. 150. From it, we learn the names of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive. (Many of the same details appear also in the later apocryphal Gospel of the Nativity of Mary.)
The traditional date of the feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Perhaps because of its close proximity to the feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not celebrated today with the same solemnity as the Immaculate Conception. It is, nonetheless, a very important feast, because it prepares the way for the birth of Christ.
Liechtenstein Nativity of the Virgin Mary day Customs and Activities
Although, the day has lost its glory in todays world but people of Liechtenstein celebrate the day in a very unique manner. As depicted by the name, they celebrate the Day as a Feast Day with delicious meals and drinks. There are religious readings throught the day in all the churches and apart from that, people make Mother’s Cake which is enjoyed by whole family.