In Gambia, Assumption Day is also referred to as “Saint Mary” or in Portuguese, “Sang Marie”. It is a public holiday and always comes on 15 August.
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Assumption Day became an official holiday in Gambia in 1958, lost that status in 1976, and regained it in 2007.
In Gambia, people say that it always rains on Assumption Day and that when it does, it’s a sign that Mary approves of the celebrations. As in other countries, Catholics will often attend a special mass service on Assumption Day and learn about the doctrine of Mary being bodily “assumed” up into Heaven.
There will also be street parades in honour of Mary, music, costume wearing, and feasting on delicious local cuisine. Assumption Day is much celebrated in Banjul, Gambia’s capital city, where a large Roman Catholic population resides and where there are many churches and other religious institutions present.
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