Feast of the Assumption of Mary

On 15th August, over 44 countries will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

On 15 August, over 44 countries celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
Assumption of the Virgin by Correggio

When is Assumption of Mary?

How long until Assumption Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 118 Days.
Dates of Assumption
Year Weekday Date
2020 Saturday
2019 Thursday
2018 Wednesday
2017 Tuesday
Who observes Assumption?
Austria Austria Belgium Belgium
Benin Benin Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
Burundi Burundi Cameroon Cameroon
Central African Republic Central African Republic Chile Chile
Colombia Colombia Costa Rica Costa Rica
Croatia Croatia Cyprus Cyprus
France France French Guiana French Guiana
French Polynesia French Polynesia Gabon Gabon
Gambia Gambia Germany Germany (regional)
Greece Greece Guadeloupe Guadeloupe
Guatemala Guatemala (regional) Guinea Guinea
Haiti Haiti Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
Lebanon Lebanon Lithuania Lithuania
Luxembourg Luxembourg Madagascar Madagascar
Malta Malta Martinique Martinique
Mauritius Mauritius Monaco Monaco
Poland Poland Portugal Portugal
Romania Romania Rwanda Rwanda
Senegal Senegal Seychelles Seychelles
Slovenia Slovenia Spain Spain
Switzerland Switzerland (regional) Togo Togo
Vatican City Vatican City Venezuela Venezuela
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The Feast of the Assumption is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ

This holiday is celebrated annually on the 15th of August.

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a very important day in the Catholic religion. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ.

History of Assumption of Mary

This feast commemorates two events - the departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven.

The Church's official doctrine of the Assumption says that at the end of her life on earth Mary was assumed, body and soul, into heaven.

Some mistakenly believe Mary "ascended" into heaven, which is incorrect. It was Jesus Christ who ascended into heaven, by his own power. But Mary was assumed or taken up into heaven by God.

Pope Pius Xll, in 1950, defined that Mary "after the completion of her earthly life was assumed body and soul into the glory of Heaven." Her body wasn't allowed to corrupt nor was it allowed to remain in a tomb. Though there are claims by some cities about possessing her temporary tomb.

In the early Christian centuries relics of saints and those who gave their lives for the faith were jealously guarded and highly prized. While many cities claim the mortal remains of saints, both famous and little-known, there are no records of Mary's bodily remains being venerated anywhere.

How is Assumption of Mary celebrated around the world?

burundi Burundi

In Burundi, many people mark Assumption by making a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Mugera, near the Tanzanian border and Lake Tanganyika.

Colombia Colombia

In Colombia, religious holidays including the Feast of the Assumption of Mary are celebrated on the following Monday.

Costa Rica Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, Assumption is a public holiday but is celebrated as Mother's Day.

Germany Germany

In Germany, Assumption of Mary is an official holiday in the region of Saarland. In Bavaria, it is a public holiday in the 1,700 communities that have a predominantly Catholic population and in the cities of Augsburg and Munich.

Italy Italy

In Italy, 15th August is called 'Ferragosto' and is a custom that dates back to Roman times.

Read more about Ferragosto.

Switzerland Switzerland

In Switzerland, this is a regional holiday celebrated in Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Ticino, Uri, Valais and Zug.

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