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    Default Patron Saint`s Day or..? (native speakers, please help out)

    To whom it may concern,

    would you please be so kind as to try to help me out with the following: I was wondering if there is a term in English that would describe the religious holiday of a city that is commonly known as `patron saint`s day`, but in a case where the day is not celebrated to praise the patron saint in question, but a certain religious “act”, like the Ascension for example?

    So, for example, if a country celebrates St.George, I can say that the country`s Patron Saint Day is St. George. But what if it celebrates the Ascension for the same purpose? How to use `patron saint` for Ascension? What term could be used for the day celebrating a religious act (except for Ascension Day in this particular case)?

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    Default Re: Patron Saint`s Day or..? (native speakers, please help out)

    Quote Originally Posted by dragana.rs View Post
    To whom it may concern,

    would you please be so kind as to try to help me out with the following: I was wondering if there is a term in English that would describe the religious holiday of a city that is commonly known as `patron saint`s day`, but in a case where the day is not celebrated to praise the patron saint in question, but a certain religious “act”, like the Ascension for example?

    So, for example, if a country celebrates St.George, I can say that the country`s Patron Saint Day is St. George.
    No, you can say the day is St. George's Day.

    But what if it celebrates the Ascension for the same purpose? How to use `patron saint` for Ascension?
    You can't, given that the Ascension was an event, not a saint.

    What term could be used for the day celebrating a religious act (except for Ascension Day in this particular case)?

    It's a religious holiday (derived from Holy Day), or a religious feast (Feast of the Ascension).
    You could ask "What religious holidays does your country observe?"
    Thank you very much in advance!
    This might help:
    St George's Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Patron Saint`s Day or..? (native speakers, please help out)

    Ascension Day is sometimes referred to by Roman Catholics as a 'Holy Day of Obligation' (at least it used to be - they keep changing the rules!). Believers had to hear mass on that day; this usually entailed going to church (but the obligation was not 'to go to church').

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    Thank you both for the efforts!

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