Holy Days of Obligation are important days in the Catholic Church that honor special events or special people. Throughout the year, there are specific feasts of Our Lord, Our Lady, and the saints that we observe as "solemnities." On these days, Catholics are obliged to attend a holy day Mass on the day itself or a vigil Mass the evening before. That's why these special days are called Holy Days of Obligation.
Holy Days of Obligation (New Advent)
Dies Domini (Apostolic Letter of the Holy Father John Paul II)
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