Assumption Day is a public holiday in Cameroon that falls on 15 August, and is widely celebrated by the nation’s Roman Catholic population. About 40 percent of Cameroon’s people are Catholic, 30 percent Protestant, and 20 percent Muslim.
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At Assumption Day mass, a sermon will be given on the Catholic doctrine of the assumption of Mary (body and soul) to Heaven. The need to emulate Mary’s example of faith and to honour one’s own mother as “representative of” Mary are also often mentioned.
Schools and government services remain open as usual, for the most part, on Assumption Day. It’s not necessarily a day on which normal day to day activities cease, but it is a day on which many try to attend a special mass service if they can.