If you’re from Belgium, Spain, or another Christian country, you’re probably familiar with August 15. This is the day of the Assumption of Mary, a feast of Mary’s bodily assumption into heaven that has been celebrated since the 5th century.
In some parts of Germany, which does NOT include North Rhine-Westphalia, August 15 is considered a public holiday, as it is in the countries just mentioned. Wuppertal is located in North Rhine-Westphalia, so please keep in mind that August 15 is a day like any other here, all stores are open and you also have to show up for work.
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