Since 6th century, Assumption Day of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been celebrated is an important day in Christian history. In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared this Holy Day of Obligations for Catholics as a National Holiday. The feast of assumption is an important day in Catholic religion.
According to Catholic Churches’ belief, on this day, body and soul of Mother Mary assumed into heaven, leaving behind her Earthly life. The resurrection of Mary before she went to heaven is still a mystery!
The Assumption of Mary marks two events – The departure of Mary from Earthly life and assumption of her body into heaven. This feast imitate with a processions of the statue of Mother Mary on the streets followed by the mass.
Catholics in large number gathers in churches to attend the ceremony of assumption of Mary. Apart from the feast of Assumption day, for some people on this national holiday plan their escape to the beaches! In addition, all the public services are closed on August 15 feast day.
Some museums are also included! However, assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary does not affect the shops in tourist areas. Keep in mind, churches will be closed for tourists during the solemnity of assumption day.
Assumption of Mary 2019 is approaching! Grab your visa for Portugal now! Head to Portugal this August and be a part of the grand celebration of the assumption of Blessed Mary.