Mother Teresa Beatification Day 2017 and 2018
Each year, October 19th marks the celebration of Mother Teresa Day in Albania.
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Mother Teresa Beatification Day is considered a public holiday, which means all schools, government offices, and most privately owned businesses remain closed. It is a highly significant event for the people of Albania, and one that is taken seriously during the celebration.
Born in Skopje, Albania, in 1910, Mother Teresa’s given name was Agnese Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. When she initially said her vows as a nun, she chose to go by Teresa after the patron saint of missionaries, Therese de Lisieux. Mother Teresa held Indian citizenship and was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1950. For almost 50 years she ministered to the dying, orphaned, sick, and poor in India and also in other countries.
Often referred to as a living saint, Mother Teresa spent her life caring for impoverished people in India. In 1979 she received the Nobel Prize and used this opportunity to help educate the public on the problems that poor people face. In Calcutta, two years after her death, the process to name Mother Teresa as a saint began. On October 19, 2003, she was officially beatified, making her Saint Mother Teresa and reaching the ranks of those who are blessed faster than anyone in the history of the church. As a result, this was named a national holiday in her home country of Albania.
Albanians do not work on this day. While Albania does not have an official religion and considers all religions equal, the people are proud of the legacy that Mother Teresa left as a Catholic nun. On this day, many Albanians attend mass to celebrate Saint Mother Teresa’s memory. They also pray novenas asking for help from the Saint for their problems or causes.
In some countries, sports personalities even take part in the celebration. For example, the judoka gold medalist from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi and the captain of the national football team of Albania, Lorik Cana, play roles in many events that go on. While the personalities change from year to year, several famous individuals are proud to take part in the celebration.
If you plan to visit Albania on Mother Teresa Beatification Day, you are quickly going to discover that things are quiet. Most of the people in the country spend their time at Mass or observing the day quietly in their homes. It is a day of prayer, thought, and reflection for the people of Albania.
If you are looking for something to do on this day, options are limited since all businesses typically remain closed. However, this is only a one-day celebration, so things get back to normal on October 20th. It is important to note that this is an important religious holiday and one to treat respectfully, which means visitors need to refrain from loud or obnoxious behaviours on this day to show their respect for the observation of Mother Teresa Beatification Day.
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