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