The Feast of Immaculate Conception  maintains a centuries-old tradition of gathering thousands of people at the Morro da Conceição  to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. The commemorative period begins on November 29th, with the flag procession, carrying a banner alluding to Our Lady of Conception, and ends with the procession of her image on December 8th, the day dedicated to her.
The “Festa do Morro” (Feast of the Hill) as it is popularly known, originated in 1904 from the 50th anniversary celebration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in Brazil, when the Our Lady monument was inaugurated. Since then, the date became a city-wide holiday.
The image was brought from France on a ship in 1904, measuring 5.5 meters high. It represents the Virgin Mary, dressed all in white and wrapped in a blue cloak. It symbolizes the passage from the book of Genesis (3:15), where God says. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” The picture shows Mary standing on the globe, with hands clasped in prayer and a snake being crushed by the feet and she has her face to the parish church, in a privileged position where it can be seen from various parts of Recife. – Source (PT)