Assumption Day is also known as the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is observed every 15 August in Madagascar. 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.
About 28 percent of Madagascar’s people are Catholic, the remainder being mostly Protestant in belief. Though a minority, therefore, nonetheless Catholics enjoy having Assumption of Mary as a public observance in Madagascar.
Every 15 August, Catholic churches open for services to commemorate the rising of Mary into the heavenly places. She is even called “Queen of Heaven” by some, along with such exalted titles as Mother of God, God-bearer, and The Eternal Virgin.
The Assumption of Mary as a believed event has been celebrated since at least the 400s A.D. and retains a place in both Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic theology. Many in Madagascar are devoted to Mary every day of the year and therefore find Assumption Day a fitting culmination of their year-long devotion.
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