The Feast of Our Lady of Peace is celebrated annually on January 24.
This feast commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is often represented holding a dove and an olive branch, the symbols of peace. The memorial feast celebration has two dates: July 9 and January 24. While January 24 is the feast day in Hawaii and in some churches of the United States, the rest of the world uses July 9, the date when the original statue of Our Lady of Peace was crowned by the Archbishop of Paris in the name of Pope Saint Pius X.
The story of celebration begins in the early 1500s in France, when a statue of Our Lady of Peace was presented as a wedding gift to a young bride. This statue was known as Virgin of Joyeuse and it became the family heirloom. Later the statue was given to the Capuchin community, that erected a large chapel for those who sought Mary’s intercession.
The original wooden statue of Blessed Virgin Mary is kept at the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in France. A larger bronze replica is hoisted above the altar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. The last, the third one, replica stands outside the cathedral.