Assumption of Mary in Australia
Many Christian churches in Australia mark Assumption Day on August 15 to celebrate the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into heaven. This day is also known as the Dormition of the Mother of God, or the Feast of the Assumption.
What Do People Do?
Assumption Day is a chance for Christians to celebrate the heavenly birthday of the Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation – a day when Christian denominations are obliged to attend church service, so many people attend mass (church service) on this feast day.
Some celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary with festivals that have music, food, and dancing. In the Orthodox Church, they start the event with a fourteen-day fast before the big celebration on August 15.
Assumption Day is not a public holiday in Australia. Schools, government offices, organizations and businesses are open as usual. Public transport services run to their usual schedules.
Assumption Day observes the Christian belief that the Virgin Mary was “assumed” into heaven. The Orthodox Churches believe in the Dormition of the Theotokos (the falling asleep of the Mother of God) that at the end of her life, Mary was physically taken up into heaven. Although Assumption day is a Holy Day of Obligation, if the feast of the Assumption falls on a Saturday or a Monday, there is no obligation to the feast for that year.
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Assumption of Mary Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Sun||Aug 15||2010||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Mon||Aug 15||2011||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Wed||Aug 15||2012||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Thu||Aug 15||2013||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Fri||Aug 15||2014||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Sat||Aug 15||2015||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Mon||Aug 15||2016||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Tue||Aug 15||2017||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Wed||Aug 15||2018||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Thu||Aug 15||2019||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Sat||Aug 15||2020||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
Quick FactsThe Feast of the Assumption of Mary is an annual Christian observance in Australia held on August 15. It is considered a Holy Day of Obligation - a day when some Christian denominations are obliged to attend mass.
Assumption of Mary 2016Monday, August 15, 2016
Assumption of Mary 2017Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Name in other languages
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Other holidays in August 2016 in Australia
- New South Wales Bank Holiday – Monday, August 1, 2016
- Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland – Wednesday, August 10, 2016
- Tisha B'Av – Sunday, August 14, 2016