On August 15th, Greek Orthodox Christians across the world celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Commonly referred to as ‘Panagia’ and ‘Dekapentavgoustos’, meaning ‘August 15th’, Greeks commemorate the death of the Virgin Mary and her ascension into heaven, to be seated at the right hand of the father. The feast day is second only to Easter (Pascha).
On this day, the life of the Panagia is revered and honoured. As a result of this, her feast day is held in great esteem. To celebrate, Greeks all over the world celebrate with cultural activities and festivals.