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Assumption Day

Assumption Day 2019 and 2020

Portuguese Catholics celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary every 15 August, and this date is an official public holiday throughout Portugal.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 15 Aug Thu Assumption Day
2020 15 Aug Sat Assumption Day

There are special masses in Roman Catholic churches all across Portugal, with liturgical readings and sermons focused on Mary, her life, and her being taken up (assumed) in to Heaven.

Pope Pius XVII declared in 1950 that Mary’s body being assumed “at the end of her life” is official church dogma. But it is not defined whether or not she first died and was resurrected or if she went up to Heaven without ever dying.

In rural areas of Portugal, there are many elaborate religious processions on Assumption Day, while in the cities, it tends to be a less explicitly religious off-work day.