56. 100 thousand Copts defy the decree forbidding “mawalid”.

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Copts celebrate the saints’ feasts despite the decision forbidding the celebration of mawalid.

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About 100 thousand Copts gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the death of St. Shenouda the Archimandrite in his monastery in Sūhāg despite the Council of Ministers decision temporarily banning popular mawalid [Reviewer: Religion-rooted celebrations usually commemorating a senior religious figure or event, and generally involving large crowds, feasting, trade etc.] as a precaution against the spread of swine flu. [Reviewer: the government’s decision applies equally to both Muslim and Coptic mawalid].
St. Shenouda is a well known saint in the Orthodox Church who was born in AD 333 and became a monk at the age of 9. One day he heard a voice from heaven granting him the title “Archimandrite” [Reviewer: Archimandrite is a leader of a monastery]. Father Wīsā of St. Shenouda monastery, the monastery secretary, states that Christians call St. Shenouda the patriotic leader because he resisted some heresies such as Nestor’s heresy. He died aged 120 years.

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