The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a public holiday in most of Europe, much of Africa, Latin America, the Pacific, Lebanon and Syria. Closer to Australia, the Assumption is also a pubic holiday in East Timor.
Ferragosto is celebrated throughout Italy and expatriate communities with processions, Masses and sometimes fireworks.
The Basilica of the Assumption in Aglona, Latvia is a major place of pilgrimage, which attracts thousands for its festival for the Solemnity of the Assumption each year.
The Pope traditionally takes a holiday during the worst of Rome’s sweltering summer months in Castel Gandolfo, which overlooks Lake Albano. From there the Holy Father celebrates the Assumption.
Our Lady’s Assumption took place in Jerusalem and is celebrated by groups with Mass in the Basilica of the Gethsemane, followed by a Rosary procession to the nearby Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is in the care of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic Churches. Watch a video of Assumption celebrations in Jerusalem here.
5. Los Angeles
All parishes have Mass because it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Some parishes have special events to celebrate.
Next week Los Angeles displays impressive Marian devotion in a Grand Marian Procession to celebrate the birthday of the city, which was named in honour of Our Lady of the Angels – Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles.
This is usually held in late August to celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is in the liturgical calendar on August 22, one week after the Assumption.
Last year the French Bishops’ Conference dedicated each Mass said on the Solemnity of the Assumption to France and her intentions, after the spate of terror attacks, including the shocking murder of Fr Jacques Hamel on 26 July 2017.
At Notre Dame de Paris, there is a procession with the silver statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and an honour guard of Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Solemnity of the Assumption is also Liberation Day in Korea, a celebration of its liberation from Japanese occupation in WWII. It is celebrated with Masses around Korea and a large national flag is sometimes raised during Masses in Seoul’s Myeongdong Cathedral.
8. Latin America
All of Latin America celebrates the Assumption with their many rich traditions. Our Lady of the Assumption is Patroness of Guatemala City, which has huge celebrations each year.