Every 15 August is Assumption Day in Guadeloupe to celebrate the “assumption” (taking up) of the body of the Virgin Mary at the end of her earthly life.
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Since Guadeloupe is an overseas department of France, it has the same holidays as France including Assumption Day. But given the heavy Catholic population in Guadeloupe, this day would likely be a public holiday anyway.
Besides attending Assumption Day masses, processions, and other similar events, one unique centre of attention on Assumption Day in Guadeloupe is the city of Terre-de-Haut and its Notre Dame de L’Assomption church.
Ever since this city was successfully defended against a British invasion in 1666, “Our Lady of Assumption” has been its patron saint. And L’Assomption de Marie has held special significance for the people of Terre-de-Haut.
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