Virgin of the Assumption - Guatemalan Tradition

Virgin of the Assumption - Guatemalan Tradition

Asunción de María or Asunción de la Virgen is the belief, according to the tradition and doctrine of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and some Protestant denominations such as the Anglicans, that the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, having completed the course of his earthly life, was taken body and soul to Heaven. It should not be confused with the Ascension, which refers to Jesus Christ himself.


This transfer is called Assumptio Beatae Mariae Virginis Note 1 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) by Catholics, whose doctrine was defined as dogma of faith (truth that cannot be doubted) by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 The Catholic Church celebrates this feast in honor of Mary in the East since the 6th century and in Rome since the 7th century. The festival is celebrated on August 15.

The capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, when transferred to the valley known as Ermita or de las Vacas, was dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, so the official name of the capital of Guatemala is called Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción. .

For this date, since colonial times, celebrations are held in the area now known as the North Hippodrome; the festivities range from the traditional fair, which begins on August 1, to the procession in which the image of the Virgin is processed through sectors of zones 2 and 1 of the current capital city.

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