Feast of the Assumption 2018 — August 15

Feast of the Assumption, otherwise known as the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, or simply shortened to “the Assumption,” celebrates the Virgin Mary’s ascension to Heaven, “body and soul,” after “having completed the course of her earthly life.” Defined as dogma in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, the holiday annually takes place on August 15, and is recognized by the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and sects of Anglicanism. Celebrations of the Assumption across the world are often accompanied by festivals, colorful street processions, fireworks, and pageantry of great variety. While a “feast” isn’t actually required, there is a longstanding tradition of blessing the summer harvest, and there are even Assumption-based recipes available.

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