Assumption Day is also known as the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is observed every 15 August in Cape Verde. Assumption Day celebrates the day when, according to Catholic tradition and doctrine, the Virgin Mary was assumed bodily into Heaven.
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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.
The great majority of inhabitants of Cape Verde are Catholic, due largely to their having been long a Portuguese colony. This heritage is reflected in the holidays they celebrate each year.
Sometimes, the assumption is referred to as the “Dormition of the Theotokos”, meaning the falling asleep of the God-bearer. Both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians embrace this doctrine, but neither has as yet defined whether or not Mary ever “died”. She is simply said to have been “assumed, body and soul, into Heavenly glory”.
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