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Assumption of Mary in Mexico

The Day of the Assumption of Mary (Día de la Asunción de María) is a Catholic feast held in churches in Mexico and worldwide on August 15 to celebrate Jesus’ mother Mary’s arrival in heaven.

Catholics believe Jesus' mother Mary was physically taken to heaven.
Catholics believe Jesus' mother Mary was physically taken to heaven.
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Celebrate the Assumption of Mary

Flowers for Mary are seen in many churches on Assumption Day. Some towns and villages hold processions dedicated to Mary, in which a statue of her image is carried with flowers and banners.

Jesus’ mother, also known as the Virgin Mary or Our Lady of Guadalupe, is one of Mexico’s patron saints. Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary (Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María), which is one of the oldest Roman Catholic cathedrals in the Americas, is dedicated to Mary. Statues and artwork depicting Mary’s assumption are also found in a number of Mexican churches.

Public Life

The feast of the Assumption of Mary is a religious observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico.

About the Assumption of Mary

Assumption Day commemorates the belief that when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, died, her body was not subjected to the usual process of physical decay but was “assumed” into heaven and reunited there with her soul. This holiday, which has been celebrated since the fourth century CE, is a Christianization of an earlier harvest festival.

About Assumption of Mary in other countries

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Assumption of Mary Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunAug 152010Assumption of MaryObservance
MonAug 152011Assumption of MaryObservance
WedAug 152012Assumption of MaryObservance
ThuAug 152013Assumption of MaryObservance
FriAug 152014Assumption of MaryObservance
SatAug 152015Assumption of MaryObservance
MonAug 152016Assumption of MaryObservance
TueAug 152017Assumption of MaryObservance
WedAug 152018Assumption of MaryObservance
ThuAug 152019Assumption of MaryObservance
SatAug 152020Assumption of MaryObservance

Quick Facts

Catholic churches in Mexico celebrate the Assumption of Mary to honor the belief of the Virgin Mary’s departure from earth to heaven.

Assumption of Mary 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Assumption of Mary 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Name in other languages

Assumption of MaryEnglish
La Asunción de la VirgenSpanish
Mariä HimmelfahrtGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on August 15, 2016

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