Today Catholics from all over the world celebrate the Assumption, to commemorate the day when Virgin Mary’s body ascended to heaven. And this very important holiday is accompanied by parades, colours, fireworks, processions and blessing of the harvests.
Although as a festivity and celebration it only started to be officially celebrated only in the early Middle Ages by papal edict, it became one of the most popular Christian festivities, also due to its association to the harvests, summer and the plenty of the season, associated with the blessings from heaven to the land’s fertility. Somehow there are also remnants of older celebrations of this time of the year, as following services we see traditions of beach, lake and river bonfires accompanied by wine and watermelon and ritualistic midnight swim by young people, which from experience, can say is loads of fun.
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