announcement of the birth of Jesus to Mary

According to Christian tradition, the annunciation was an announcement made by the angel Gabriel to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, that she was to have a son despite being a virgin.

Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1472–1475)

The Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated by Christians on 25 March every year.


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