Each year, on August 15, thousands of believers are piled into the shrines to celebrate the Assumption Day, through prayer and Eucharistic celebrations, accompanied by processions and festivals and the holly mass.
There are many marian sanctuaries in Croatia that receive thousands of pilgrims, including the most famous ones: the sanctuary of the Mother of God of Bistrica in Marija Bistrica, the sanctuary of the Mother of God Trsatska on Trsat, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sinj in Sinj, the sanctuary of the Mother of God Loretska in Arbanas near Zadar, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Zečeva in Nin, the Church of the Mother of God of Remetska in Zagreb's Remete, the sanctuary of the Mother of God Aljmaš in Aljmaš. The shrines are part of the culture of the Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. They mark the apparition or miracle that is attributed to the Virgin Mary, which is why the faithful come to pray.In Croatia, the tradition of worshiping the Blessed Virgin Mary is very long. In times of hardship and trouble, the people would ask her for help. Trusting in her heavenly intercession, they called her out of gratitude to the "the queen of Croats".
The worshiping of the Mother of God was retained not only by Croats in their conutry, but also by those who were later displaced throughout the world, and today, for example, in Chicago, you mention the word "Croat", the first one that will be answered will be the "Great Lady". It is for Croats what it is to the Irish St. Patrick or the Italians Columbus Day.
Unfortunately, this year too, traditional processions are not held due to prescribed epidemiological measures.
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat in Rijeka will be celebrated with a three-day preparation for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from Thursday to Saturday with open-air Holy Mass.The traditional fair will be absent this year as well.
There will be no procession for the Feast of the Assumption in Pag either, but the statue of the Mother of God will be transferred from the Old Town to the Congregational Church of the Assumption in the central square.
In the Croatian National Shrine of Our Lady of Bistrica in Marija Bistrica, there will be no Way of the Cross on Calvary, and Holy Mass will be in the open.
On the feast of the Assumption, you can follow the Holy Mass from the Parish of St.Quirina in Zagreb at 9 and 10.30.hours and Holy Mass from the Parish of St.Mihaela in Gračani at 8, 9.30 and 11 o'clock.