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.
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 with open-air Holy Mass.
Every year, in a procession in Pag, the statue of the Mother of God, with the prayers of thousands of believers, is brought from the Old Town to the Congregational Church of the Assumption of Mary in Pag on the main town square.According to tradition, the statue of the Mother of God remains in the Congregational Church of the Assumption of Mary until the Feast of Our Lady on September 8, when it will be returned in a procession to the sanctuary in the Old Town.
In the Croatian National Shrine of Our Lady of Bistrica in Marija Bistricathe elebration starts with the procession of the light.