Holiday Closure

On the occasion of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception we will be closed from 8/12/2022 to 11/12/2022.

The Immaculate Conception is the belief that the Virgin Mary was free of original sin from the moment of her conception. The day of the Immaculate Conception is a very important moment for the Christian Church, and is a very popular holiday in Italy.

Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God by tasting the Forbidden Fruit, and were expelled from the Earthly Paradise, all their descendants, according to the Christian religion, are born with the ‘Original Sin’ staining their souls. Only with the sacrament of Baptism is the original purity restored.

On 8 December 1854, Pope Pius IX issued the bull Ineffabilis Deus to enshrine the Immaculate Conception of Mary, however, establishing the dogma: the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, was not only born absolutely pure, but was conceived in her mother’s womb free of Original Sin (and therefore ‘immaculate’, without stain). Historically, this feast day is linked to the apparitions of Our Lady in Lourdes (1858).

Since 1854, this festivity has been celebrated in the Milan area immediately following that of the city’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose, creating the opportunity to spend a few days in the serenity of one’s family or in the mountains for the first skiing sortie of the season. (Weather permitting, of course.)

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