Assumption Day in Germany in 2020

Assumption Day in Germany in 2020
The Assumption of the Virgin, Cathedral of Parma, Italy. By Antonio da Correggio
  How long until Assumption Day?
This holiday next takes place in 245 days.
  Dates of Assumption Day in Germany
2021 Aug 15
BavariaSun, Aug 15Regional Holiday
SaarlandSun, Aug 15Regional Holiday
2020 Aug 15
BavariaSat, Aug 15Regional Holiday
SaarlandSat, Aug 15Regional Holiday
2019 Aug 15
BavariaThu, Aug 15Regional Holiday
SaarlandThu, Aug 15Regional Holiday
2018 Aug 15
BavariaWed, Aug 15Regional Holiday
SaarlandWed, Aug 15Regional Holiday
2017 Aug 15
BavariaTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
SaarlandTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
  Summary
The Feast of the Assumption is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ
  Local name
Mariä Himmelfahrt
  Assumption Day in other countries
Assumption Day internationally
  Which regions observe Assumption Day in 2020?
Bavaria  BavariaAug 15Regional Holiday
Saarland  SaarlandAug 15Regional Holiday
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Assumption Day in Germany

Saarland is the only German state which observes a state-wide legal public holiday for the Assumption. It is a public holiday in those parts of Bavaria that have a majority Catholic population. This means it is a legal holiday in the big cities of Munich, Augsburg, Würzburg, Regensburg and Ingolstadt.

The definition of which municipalities have a large enough Catholic population is based on the results of the 2011 census.

When is the Assumption of Mary?

The holiday is celebrated annually on August 15th.

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a very important day in the Catholic religion - it is even called the 'Easter of the summer' in some parts of Europe.

Also known as the 'Dormition of the Virgin Mary', it is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ.

In countries such as Spain and Italy, it marks the start of the annual summer holidays, when many escape the heat of the cities to vacation on the coast or in the hills.

History of the 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 according to the Bible. 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. Many cities claim the mortal remains of saints, both famous and little-known. But there are no records of Mary's bodily remains being venerated anywhere.

As this is a religious holiday, the Assumption is most commonly celebrated by devotees by attending mass, where the subject of the sermon is usually the Virgin Mary.

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