Friday, August 15, 2014

Assumption Day

Assumption Day (also known as the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) is a public holiday in Cyprus that's celebrated on August 15.

This holiday is primarily a Greek Orthodox religious festival that honors "the Virgin Mary's ascent to heaven."  The Assumption Day holiday is known as the Dormition of the Theotokos.

The Greek Orthodox church refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as the Virgin Mary (or Theotokos in Greek).  According to Greek Orthodox tradition, Theotokos was physically taken up to heaven at the end of her life, which is commonly known as falling asleep (or Dormition in Greek). 

Throughout Cyprus, there are Greek Orthodox religious events to honor the Dormition of the Theotokos on Assumption Day.

To view a list of the 2014 public holidays in Cyprus, please click HERE As the year progresses, plan to visit this blog to view updates and descriptions of the various Cypriot holidays.

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