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In the churches that observe it, the Assumption is a major feast day, commonly celebrated on 15 August.
In many countries, the feast is also marked as a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church and as a festival (under various names) in the Anglican Communion.
Mary's assumption is said to have been a divine gift to her as the 'Mother of God'.An Armenian letter attributed to Dionysus the Areopagite also mentioned the supposed event, although this was written sometime after the 6th century.John of Damascus, from this period, is the first church authority to advocate the doctrine under his own name.Probably composed by the 4th century, this Christian apocryphal narrative may be as early as the 3rd century.Also quite early are the very different traditions of the "Six Books" Dormition narratives. Melito of Sardis that presents a theologically redacted summary of the traditions in the Liber Requiei Mariae.
In 1950 Pope Pius XII defined it as dogma for the Catholic Church.