Assumption Day is also known as the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is observed every 15 August in Mauritius. 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.
Although now independent of France, many of the people of Mauritius are Roman Catholic and celebrate Assumption Day just like Catholics in France do. Thus, Assumption of Mary is a national holiday here.
Churches are full on Assumption Day for special services, or at least, Roman Catholic ones are. This is a day of holy obligation for devout Catholics, so it is mandatory to attend according to the Vatican.
After church, people may engage in further devotion to Mary such as praying before a statue or picture of her or going on a pilgrimage to a Marian shrine. Others just spend time at home with family. Many also take the chance to head to Mauritius’ fabulous beaches on their day off work or school! It is as much a fun day as a holy day to many in Mauritius.
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