Celebrating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Germany: dates, celebration, conventional congratulations, greetings, traditions and customs on the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
On this page you will find a description of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary festivities in Germany. Celebration dates by year, customs and traditions common for Germany on the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a description of the origin, if known, as well as what congratulations & greetings the Germans use in their country on this holiday and their meaning. Here, you will also find photos of the attributes of the holiday or the celebration itself and other interesting information.
§ Dates for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebration in Germany
The date of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebration in Germany remains unchanged every year and falls on 15 August.
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebration date in Germany:
Tuesday 15 August 2023 .
Below is a list of dates for celebrating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Germany by year, provided that in previous and subsequent years the present practice and time of the holiday celebration is preserved:
- Monday, 15 August 2022 - Assumption of the Virgin Mary 2022Germany Germany
- Tuesday, 15 August 2023 - Assumption of the Virgin Mary 2023Germany Germany
- Thursday, 15 August 2024 - Assumption of the Virgin Mary 2024Germany Germany
- Friday, 15 August 2025 - Assumption of the Virgin Mary 2025Germany Germany
- Saturday, 15 August 2026 - Assumption of the Virgin Mary 2026Germany Germany
§ Other names of the holiday
Holiday name in German: Mariä Himmelfahrt.
We are not aware of any other names for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Germany.
§ Holiday status in the territory of Germany
The holiday is an official extra non-working day only in the following federated states (lands) of Germany:
(Bavaria: only in some regions)
§ Wishes and congratulations, greetings on the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Germany
No information available.
§ Description of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebration: customs and traditions:
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic holiday, which is a public holiday in several regions of Germany and is associated with the legend of taking Mary to Heaven in body and soul.
On this day, bunches of herbs and bouquets of herbs and flowers are brought to the church, for them to be blessed by the priest, upon which they are hung in the attic and are believed to protect against diseases, trouble and lightning strikes. Artemisia, lovage, marjoram, thyme, caraway seeds, St. John's wort, valerian, basil, etc. are usually collected in bouquets. This is not the only superstition associated with this holiday. Believers make pilgrimages (in German Marienwallfahrten) 30 days (in German: Frauendreißiger) after the celebration of Mary's Assumption, especially in Bavaria; for Mary is believed to be blessing the earth at this time.
On this day, services and church processions are held.
§ The origin of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary holiday
This Catholic Church feast originated in the 5th century AD and is associated with a legend or tradition, according to which Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, was taken to Heaven. As legend has it, upon opening the coffin of Mary, her body was not discovered inside it; instead there were flowers and herbs. This is the origin of the tradition to make Bouquets and bunches of herbs and flowers on this holiday.
§ Photos, pictures for the holiday
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Sculpture of the Virgin Mary and her coronation on the globe in Salzburg, Cathedral Square. There are also figures of an angel, Satan, church and wisdom on the pedestal.