Virgin of Caacupé Day in Paraguay Date in the current year: December 8, 2024

Virgin of Caacupé Day in Paraguay The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) is a state holiday in some countries with a predominantly Catholic population such as Panama, Nicaragua, Portugal, Italy, Colombia, and others. There are countries where it is dedicated to a particular image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For example, Paraguayans observe it as the Day of the Virgin of Caacupé.

Caacupé is a city in Paraguay, best known for the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Miracles (Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Milagros). Inaugurated on December 8, 1765, it is a place of pilgrimage for local believers and the largest sanctuary in Paraguay.

According to legend, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared before local sculptor José, a Guarani Indian, in 1600. When José encountered a group of Mbayá Indians in the woods, he asked the Virgin Mary for protection and promised to carve a wooden sculpture of her in return. The Virgin appeared to him and showed José a tree to hide behind. True to his word, he carved a statue of the Virgin Mary from that same tree.

Decades later, a church was built on the site where José had encountered the Virgin of Caacupé. The Caacupé Cathedral is a minor basilica and the national sanctuary of Paraguay. And the Feast of Immaculate Conception in Paraguay is primarily associated with the Virgin of Caacupé.

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