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When Is the Virgin Mary's Birthday?

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Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God, egg tempera on wood, Central Russia, mid-1800's.

(Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)
Question: When Is the Virgin Mary's Birthday?
Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary's birthday as the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When is the Virgin Mary's birthday?
Answer: The Virgin Mary's birthday is September 8, exactly nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Christians normally celebrate the day on which saints died, because that is when they entered into eternal life, but there are three major exceptions. We celebrate the births of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and Saint John the Baptist, because all three were born without Original Sin. (See Who Was Born Without Original Sin? for more details.)

For more on the history of the celebration of the Virgin Mary's birthday, see The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and "The Virgin Mary's Birthday."

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