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Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
Egyptians pray in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
Egyptians pray in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
Egyptians pray in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A woman pray in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A choir sings in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A woman prays in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A choir sings in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A woman prays in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches in Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A woman prays in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches in Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A woman prays in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches in Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
Egyptians pray in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A choir sings in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Virgin Mary Festival in St. Mary's and St. Samuel Church
A choir sings in St. Mary and St. Samuel Churches celebrating Virgin Mary feast in Sheikh El-Zayed in 6th of October. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Aug
22

Egyptians celebrated the Assumption of Mary in Coptic Orthodox churches around Egypt on Monday.

The Dormition of Theotokos – or "the sleep of the bearer of God" – is commemorated by Coptic Orthodox Christians 22 August, or 16 Masarra in the Coptic calendar. The church teaches that Mary's body was taken up to heaven by God at the end of her life.

In Egypt, the celebration follows a 15-day fast in honour of Mary.

The feast traditionally features both ecclesiastical rituals and popular festivals, with Coptic churches remaining open to congregants all day long.

Roman Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary on 15 August.

Photos: Mai Shaheen

 

 

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