Saint Mary's Day in Georgia in 2020

Saint Mary's Day in Georgia in 2020
  How long until Saint Mary's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 340 days.
  Dates of Saint Mary's Day in Georgia
2021 Georgia Sat, Aug 28 National Holiday
2020 Georgia Fri, Aug 28 National Holiday
2019 Georgia Wed, Aug 28 National Holiday
2018 Georgia Tue, Aug 28 National Holiday
2017 Georgia Mon, Aug 28 National Holiday
  Summary
The Feast of the Assumption is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin in the Orthodox Church, the mother of Jesus Christ
  Local name
Mariamoba

When is St. Mary's Day?

Also known as Mariamoba, St. Mary's Day is a public holiday in Georgia celebrated annually on August 28th.

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is an important day in the Orthodox Church. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ.

Note that this holiday is observed on August 15th in some parts of the Orthodox Church, such as Greece.

Traditions of St. Mary's Day

As one of the most important religious holidays in Georgia, all churches in the country hold special ceremonies and religious services to mark the day.  Many Georgians will go to church to light candles and pray. It is also a popular holiday to visit friends and family. The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness Ilia II, will give a special liturgy.

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.

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.


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