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.
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