Each year on August 28th, Orthodox Christians in Georgia celebrate Mariamoba, the Dormition of Mary the Mother of God. Regarded as one of the Great Feasts, preceded by a two-week fast, it commemorates Mary’s death and ascension into heaven.
In Georgia, Mary is referred to as Mariami and the holiday is known as Mariamoba.
Georgia is believed to have been assigned to Mary for the spread of Christianity, and she has long been regarded as the country’s main protector.
The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II is conducting a festive service at Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi.