Feast of the Assumption 2023
When is the Feast of the Assumption 2023?
The Feast of the Assumption 2023 is on Tuesday, August 15, 2023
(in 197 days). Calendar for 2023
What is the Feast of the Assumption?
Assumption of the Virgin (section of an oil painting by Titian in the Frari church in Venice)
The Feast of the Assumption (also called Assumption of Mary into Heaven
and often simply referred to as Assumption
) is a Christian feast that marks the assumption (being taken up into heaven) of the Virgin Mary (the mother of Jesus Christ) at the end of her life. It is a holy day of obligation for Catholics that is celebrated annually on August 15
Some people wrongly believe Mary actively "ascended" into heaven by her own power (in the same way as Jesus Christ), but this is not supported by the Bible. Instead, Mary was "assumed", meaning taken into heaven by God.
Catholics believe that not only Mary's soul, but also her body were received into heaven. They hold that the decaying of the human body after death is caused by the deceased's sins committed during life. Since Mary was sinless, it makes sense for her to have been assumed bodily.
Assumption Day is a very important day for the Catholic Church and for Catholics worldwide. It is one of the largest religious festivals and a public holiday in more than 40 countries. It is so important that it is called "summer Easter
" in some countries, for example Greece.
To celebrate the day, popular festivals, colorful street processions, parades and spectacle accompany the religious Assumption festivities. The faithful attend mass, with the subject of the sermon usually being the Virgin Mary. Some services incorporate a blessing of the harvest. Despite the church never pointing to any tangible historical or explicit biblical support, and the Assumption not having been made dogma (declared an article of faith) until 1950, the holiday has not only endured but has prospered to this day, based on widespread belief and reverence.
The feast is also known as Dormition
("falling asleep", meaning death) or Feast of the Dormition
in Eastern Christian churches.
Further reading: Assumption of Mary
When is the Feast of the Assumption 2024?
The Feast of the Assumption 2024 is on Thursday, August 15, 2024
(in 563 days). Calendar for 2024
Dates for the Feast of the Assumption from 2018 to 2028
The next occurrence of the Feast of the Assumption is marked in red
|When is ...?
||Day of the week
|Feast of the Assumption 2018
||August 15, 2018
||1628 days ago
|Feast of the Assumption 2019
||August 15, 2019
||1263 days ago
|Feast of the Assumption 2020
||August 15, 2020
||897 days ago
|Feast of the Assumption 2021
||August 15, 2021
||532 days ago
|Feast of the Assumption 2022
||August 15, 2022
||167 days ago
|Feast of the Assumption 2023
||August 15, 2023
||in 197 days
|Feast of the Assumption 2024
||August 15, 2024
||in 563 days
|Feast of the Assumption 2025
||August 15, 2025
||in 928 days
|Feast of the Assumption 2026
||August 15, 2026
||in 1293 days
|Feast of the Assumption 2027
||August 15, 2027
||in 1658 days
|Feast of the Assumption 2028
||August 15, 2028
||in 2024 days
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Free printable 2023 calendar templates
A selection of downloadable, printable calendar templates for 2023 with US federal holidays, suitable for a variety of applications. Available for Word, Excel and PDF.
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