August 15th holds a special place in Spain as it marks a national holiday commemorating the Virgen de la Asunción. Not only is this a nationwide celebration, but she also is the patroness of many Spanish localities. In Malaga, she is revered as “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción” (Our Lady of the Assumption). The Virgen de la Asunción feast day is a momentous occasion filled with religious celebrations, vibrant processions, and joyful festivities.
This celebration carries deep religious significance for the Catholic Church, tracing its roots back to 1950 when Pope Pius XII introduced it. This day pays homage to the belief that the Immaculate Virgin Mary, free from all original sin, ascended to heaven in the company of God’s angels. According to the traditions of the Catholic Church, Mary is embraced by celestial glory and elevated by the Lord as the Queen of Heaven.
A heartwarming custom observed in many Spanish cities involves the presentation of flowers to her effigy. Yet, the undeniable highlight of this national holiday is the processions.
In Seville, one of the most renowned processions gathers visitors from all over Spain to witness the solemn procession of the Virgin of the Kings from the Cathedral. The spectacle starts at 8 o’clock in the morning.
In Malaga, this public holiday coincides with the Feria de Malaga. With many Malaga residents taking Monday off as well, a “Puente” or bridge is created, allowing them to immerse themselves in the delights of the Feria. For more information, you can explore the festivities at https://www.malaga.eu/feria-de-malaga/.
Albeit today is the last bank holiday in summer, there are still plenty of festivities coming up in 2023. Check out our article https://upsticks.es/national-and-bank-holidays-in-spain-in-2023/