Also: Dormition of the Theotokos // Orthodox Christian
The Assumption of Mary refers to the transportation of the mother of Jesus to Heaven, her body and soul united – as Jesus had promised at the Last Supper. Orthodox Christians refer to the same event as the ‘Dormition of the Theotokos’.
Accounts of Mary’s entry to heaven have circulated since at least the 5th century and countless works of art depict Mary ascending towards God in body as well as soul. In many places around the world, this day is celebrated as a holiday with parades, feasts and festivals.