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!
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').
Thank you both for the efforts!