Assumption of Mary (La AsunciГіn in Spanish or L'AssumpciГі in Catalan) is a very important Christian holiday that has high significance for Spain as well. The holiday is devoted to the passing away of Virgin Mary. According to the legend, on the 15th of August, the apostles who were busy preaching all over the world, miraculously found themselves in Jerusalem to bid farewell to Mary and to bury her. The holiday is celebrated by Christians since the year 582.
In Spain it is also known at the August Holy Virgin day (Virgen de Agosto).On the eve and on the day of the celebration, on August 14th and 15th, church masses and religious processions take place. In many Spanish cities liturgical dramas are performed вЂ“ these mystery plays dramatize the internment of Mary. The most famous performances that commemorate the Assumption of Mary have been played for over 7 centuries in the city of Elx in the Alicante province.