Nativity of Mary Date in the current year: September 8, 2016

Nativity of Mary Nativity of Mary is the feast, that refers to the traditional birthday of Saint Mary. Although the exact day and date of her birth is unknown, it's traditionally celebrated on September 8, that is nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception.

Nativity of Mary is one of the few birth feasts, that are observed the by the Roman Catholic Church. This tradition is dated back to the 5th century, when it originated in Jerusalem. At that time the feast was called Basilica Sanctae Mariae ubi nata est. The original Marian basilica was erected on the spot, that is believed to have been the home of Mary's parents, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim. In the 7th century the feast was already known as Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The feast of Nativity of Mary is called in France as Our Lady of the Grape Harvest. This day is very important for French wine-makers. Traditionally they bring to the local church the best grapes to be blessed there and some branches of grapevine are attached to hands of the statue of Mary. The day ends with the festival, that includes a meal with newly harvested grapes.

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