Assumption Day is a public holiday observed every 15 August in Poland – as in many other countries across Europe and the world.
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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Roman Catholic feast day that commemorates the taking up of Mary’s body to Heaven, in accordance with Catholic Church dogma. It has been celebrated and believed in by many since the Fourth Century A.D., but it was only made an official obligatory Catholic feast in 1950.
Many Poles attend Assumption Day masses on 15 August. Many stores and public buildings close down, and you will find that public transport runs on shortened schedules. This is the same with all other Polish holidays.
Assumption Day is also a day on which many in Poland traditionally have herbs, flowers, and other harvested plants blessed by a priest. And a major pilgrimage, with intermittent singing and praying along the way, is made by some to the church of Jasna Gorda.