One of the greatest things about America is its diversity. People come from all over the world and put down roots in this nation, even while they bring a little bit of their homeland to contribute to the commonwealth of ideas. For more than three decades, Vietnamese Catholics have celebrated Marian Days in Carthage, Missouri.
About Marian Days
This year marks the 36th annual Marian Days. It is a pilgrimage of Vietnamese Catholics and their descendants done in honor of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, as well as in memory of their homeland across the Pacific. The festival is highlighted by a huge outdoor Mass held on the grounds of the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix and runs from August 8-11. 2013.
A Unique American Pilgrimage
Marian Days is expecting to draw a crowd of approximately 50- 70 thousand people this year. Participants are mostly drawn from the Vietnamese emigre community in the United States but also include many others from Canada, Vietnam and other nations all around the world. All gather in Carthage to transform the small town rural community into a booming Vietnamese metropolis complete with authentic music, activities and official announcements delivered in native tongue. The celebration itself is like an extended summer picnic or camp out, which offers an extensive variety of food kiosks, farmer’s market and many vendors of devotional and cultural items.
Come On Down
This family-friendly event has welcomed visitors to the Carthage area since 1978. Those interested in camping out on the grounds of the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix or any of the surrounding private landowners who welcome these annual visitors are assured of a full slate of sanitary and medical facilities. It is also possible to enjoy Marian Days while staying at any of the area’s motels and nearby RV parks.
Marian Days is a very unique and fun experience where the West of the Mediterranean world meets the Far East in the form of the Vietnamese immigrant community right in the center of the United States. With every year’s event just a little bit bigger and a little bit better than the one before, friendly Carthage is pleased to host this new slice of Americana and hopes that you will stop on by if you are in the area.
Marian Days Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I stay while in Carthage? A: The majority of Marian Days Attendees choose to camp. There are a wide variety of sites available on the lawn at the CMC as well as area neighbors who are very hospitable and share their lawns and utilities.
How do I become a vendor at Marian Days? When / Where do I set up my booth at Marian Days? A: The vendors at Marian Days exclusively honor the Vietnamese and Catholic cultures. The CVB has no access to booth or vending information. Our best advice is to find the information on the official website for Marian Days, www.dongcong.net or if you have been granted booth and vending space, call your on-site contact.
Can I bring my pet to Marian Days? A: Yes, but it should be on a leash and must be up to date on all it’s shots; basically, your pet must follow all the ordinances pertaining to pets under city code, chapter 4 exclusively covers animals. http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=11744
What lodging options are still available? As of 8/1/13 – the Carthage EconoLodge 417-358-3900 has five rooms still available.