Rwanda catholics celebrate Assumption Day

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 02:33:08|Editor: yan
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KIGALI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of the Rwandan catholic faithfuls on Tuesday joined the rest of the world to celebrate the Assumption Day.

The Assumption day is a public holiday in Rwanda to enable Catholics enjoy the day with their loved ones.

The day is one of the oldest of catholic celebrations in Rwanda.

To mark the day, many Rwandan catholic faithfuls and others from all over the world converged at Kibeho in Nyaruguru District, Southern Province.

Bishop Philip Rukamba, head of the Episcopal Conference of Catholic Bishops of Rwanda told Xinhua the day is very important to catholic religion since it glorifies God and inspires further devotion to the Virgin Mary.

Statistics from the Rwanda Political Parties and Religious Based Organization showed that 56.9 percent of Rwanda's population is Roman Catholic, Protestants and Anglicans represent 26 percent, 11.1 percent is Seventh-day Adventist, 4.6 percent is Muslim, while 1.7 percent claims no religious affiliation, and 0.1 percent practices traditional indigenous beliefs.