Assumption of Mary is a public holiday in Ivory Coast, as in many other countries with a large Roman Catholic population. Assumption Day is celebrated every 15 August.
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The doctrine of Mary’s being taken up bodily to Heaven instead of dying at the end of her earthly life is the basis of Assumption Day. The doctrine of Mary’s assumption has only been a Catholic dogma since Pope Pius XII declared it so in 1950, but the ideas the dogma contains have been around for centuries.
Catholics celebrate by attending Assumption Day masses. As Protestants in Ivory Coast do not share the belief in the assumption of Mary, they normally don’t celebrate the day to any significant extent.
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