Beautiful New York

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

12-08-immaculate-conceptionThough as diverse in religion as it is in language, cuisine, and culture, New York is majority Catholic. With this diversity in mind, you can expect a fair number of New Yorkers to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is the patronal feast day of Argentina, Brazil, Korea, Nicaragua, Paraguay, the Philippines, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay. Nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, the holiday has been controversial in some denominations but the special masses and services of the Catholic church, with signature blue liturgical vestments (often similar to the shade seen in artistic depictions of the immaculate conception) are well loved within their community.

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