The Assumption of Mary
"La Asunción de la Virgen"
Haven't you ever wondered why there isn't a holiday to celebrate Jesus Christ mother Mary, after everything she did to raise him the way she was told and taught by God? But there is, just not in the United States.
By Shelby Hurlbut
What is the Assumption of Mary? The Assumption of Mary is a public holiday celebrated on/around August 15. However this holiday is not celebrated in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The countries who do recognize it consist of Austria, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, France, parts of Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. Assumption Day is the belief that when Mary (mother of Jesus Christ) died, her body 'assumed' into heaven and reunited with her soul instead of the usual process of decomposition. This holiday has been celebrated since the fourth century, its a Christianization of the early harvest festival. Also, it is known as, "The Feast of our Lady the Harvest."
How is this Holiday Currently Celebrated?
First, many countries do celebrate Assumption Day. However, they all celebrate in different ways. Some countries carry a status of Mary up and down the streets, while others go to church to worship Jesus Christ. On the outskirts of Rome, a bowing ceremony is the day's main event. Isn't it crazy how fireworks can be happening down the street, while on a whole different continent there is a festival called, Nosa Senhora dos Navegantes? People celebrate this holiday in many different ways, iff they celebrate it at all. The reasoning for this relates back to culture, just like it also does.