Carthage Celebrates the 35th Annual Marian Days

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’s event marks the 35th anniversary of the occasion. Marian Days 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 2-5. 2012.

A Unique American Pilgrimage

Marian Days is expecting to draw a crowd of approximately 70,000 people this year. Participants are mostly drawn from the Vietnamese émigré community in the United States but also include many others from Canada, Vietnam and other nations all around the world. The celebration itself is like an extended summer picnic or camp out, which offers an extensive variety of food kiosks 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 Congrergation 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 fine 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.

Schedule of Events

Marian Days 2012 Schedule

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19 Responses to Carthage Celebrates the 35th Annual Marian Days

  1. Carol Stanaszak August 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    How do you get reservation for 2013

    • Wendi Douglas August 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

      I am not really sure what type of registration you are looking for. For hotel or lodging reservations, you would need to contact the site of your preference. I do not believe you need to register to attend the religious ceremonies.

    • Huy June 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      U just go and find a spot

      • Wendi Douglas July 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

        Yes, if you plan to camp on site or in town, you just pick out an empty space. We already have some “spotters” in town reserving spaces for large families. If you are vending, you definitely need to check in with the fathers and event planners.

  2. Ellen Graham March 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    When is the 2013 Marian Days in Carthage ,Mo.

  3. Hannah July 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Do you have a 2013 schedule for Marian Days this year? Or the schedule will be the same as 2012 schedule?

  4. Jeff Cantrell July 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    You might want to post the 2013 dates on the page, the 2012 dates are there. When you search “Marion days Carthage” it brings you to the Carthage Police site, there are several paragraphs on Marion Days but no dates. It will make it easier for the public. It is always a great turn-out and fantastic food.

    • Wendi Douglas July 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      Thank you for your input. The 2013 dates are on our calendar but not included in the 2012 Blog post. That may be something that we should update each year after the event.

  5. Trinh July 23, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    Is the schedule the same for this year?

    • Wendi Douglas July 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      Here is a link to the schedule, Event times and information in english begin on page 10.

  6. Anthony N July 24, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    thanks for the great informative website…

  7. joseph July 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    we will be attending and operating a booth on behalf of Assumption Abbey. When should we arrive on Thursday the 8th?

    • Wendi Douglas July 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      We do not have access to information on booths and vending. You may want to check out the website of the CMC for details or contact your on-site contact.

  8. Brittney Keim July 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    is that the exact dates for Marian Days??

    • Wendi Douglas July 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      The exact dates for Marian Days are Thursday, August 8, 2013 to Sunday August 11, 2013. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday and closing ceremony begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday. We should have blog posts and schedules for the 36th Annual Marian Days event available this week.

  9. Huey Huynh July 30, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    Can I bring my pet dog in the festival or no pets allowed?

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