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Assumption Day
Burkina Faso

Assumption Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Burkina Faso

Assumption Day is also known as the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is observed every 15 August in Burkina Faso. Assumption Day celebrates the day when, according to Catholic tradition and doctrine, the Virgin Mary was assumed bodily into Heaven.

YearDateDayHoliday
202015 AugSatAssumption Day
202115 AugSunAssumption Day
202215 AugMonAssumption Day
202315 AugTueAssumption Day
202415 AugThuAssumption Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The Assumption of Mary has been a church tradition since at least the 4th Century A.D., but it was not an officially recognised Catholic dogma until the 1950 declaration of Pope Pious XII.

Most in Burkina Faso are Muslim, but around 25 percent are Christian and 20 percent specifically Roman Catholic. That means Assumption Day is significant to at least one-fifth of the people of Burkina Faso.

The churches will generally be full on this day as people come to honour the Virgin Mary. This is a “holy day of obligation” for Catholics, which means they are supposed to attend mass. And it is considered by many to be the most important of all Mary-related holidays.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201915 AugThuAssumption Day
201815 AugWedAssumption Day
201715 AugTueAssumption Day