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St Mary's Day in Romania

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (Adormirea Maicii Domnului) is an annual national holiday in Romania on August 15. It celebrates the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death.

Romanian children dressed in white and singing hymns dedicated to Saint Mary on August 15.
Romanian children dressed in white and singing hymns dedicated to Saint Mary on August 15.

What Do People Do?

The feast day of the Assumption of Mary, or simply Assumption Day or St Mary’s Day, is one of the most important feasts in the Orthodox Christian calendar. Large crowds gather in processions and pilgrimages involving thousands of Romanians occur at Moisei in Maramureș, Nicula in Transylvania and Putna in Moldavia. St Mary is the patron saint of the Navy, so the holiday corresponds with the Day of the Romanian Naval Forces, also known as Navy Day. Events, such as demonstrative shows featuring navy ships, are held in port cities and often attract thousands of visitors on August 15.

Public Life

Assumption Day is a national public holiday in Romania so banks, public offices, and many private businesses are closed. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


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 4th century CE, is a Christianization of an earlier harvest festival and, in many parts of Europe, is known as the Feast of Our Lady of the Harvest. Assumption Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide.


Many churches in Romania feature paintings of the Virgin Mary, including symbolic images of her assumption into heaven.

About St Mary's Day in other countries

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St Mary's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunAug 152010St Mary's DayNational holiday
MonAug 152011St Mary's DayNational holiday
WedAug 152012St Mary's DayNational holiday
ThuAug 152013St Mary's DayNational holiday
FriAug 152014St Mary's DayNational holiday
SatAug 152015St Mary's DayNational holiday
MonAug 152016St Mary's DayNational holiday
TueAug 152017St Mary's DayNational holiday
WedAug 152018St Mary's DayNational holiday
ThuAug 152019St Mary's DayNational holiday
SatAug 152020St Mary's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

The feast day of the Assumption of Mary is a national holiday in Romania on August 15 every year.

St Mary's Day 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

St Mary's Day 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Name in other languages

Adormirea Maicii DomnuluiRomanian
St Mary's DayEnglish
Mariä HimmelfahrtGerman

Alternative names

Ziua MarineiRomanian
Navy DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on August 15, 2018

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