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More than 60,000 believers descended on the town of Marija Bistrica in central Croatia as Croats from all over Croatia celebrated the feast day of Great Lady Mary, Velika Gospa yesterday (Wed).
Zagreb Archbishop Josip Cardinal Bozanic lead a festive Mass in Marija Bistrica on Wednesday for the tens of thousands of pilgrims who came to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, one of the most important days on the Catholic calendar.
The feast has a double focus, the happy departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven. Great Lady Mary has been for a model for Croats for centuries.
The traditional pilgrimage to Our Lady - Queen of Croats - took place in many Croatian cities yesterday, including Sinj, where thousands of pilgrims turned up as Split-Makarska Monsignor Marin Barisic took mass. Velika Gospa is also a national holiday in Croatia as shops and offices around the country close.
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