Assumption Day is also known as the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is observed every 15 August in Lebanon. 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 largest Christian group in Lebanon is the Maronite Catholic Church, which is in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This group and the Greek Orthodox believers in the country believe in the bodily assumption of Mary and celebrate Assumption Day each year.
This is a public holiday in Lebanon, alongside general Christian and Islamic holidays. Around 40 percent of the people are Christian and 55 percent Muslim, so both religious groups have many public holidays on the official national calendar.
Catholic and Orthodox churches are likely to hold special services for Mary on Assumption Day. Many attend. Many also have celebrations at home and go on short day trips or vacations this time of year.
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