Assumption of Mary Day is a significant holiday in both France and New Caledonia that is observed by Roman Catholics each year on 15 August.
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Sometimes there may be a religious procession or a few special events put on for Assumption Day, but it’s mostly a “church centred” holiday (a holy day.) It is based on the Catholic doctrine of the assumption of Mary, which is said to have taken place soon after her death, before her body could see corruption.
Once ascended and glorified, her body is thought to have reunited with her already-ascended soul in Heaven, after which she began her “Heavenly ministry” and reign as “Queen of Heaven”.
Even the half of New Caledonians who aren’t Roman Catholic appreciate an extra day off work on Assumption Day, giving them a chance to relax at home with family or get out and about on a mini-vacation.