On the Greek Orthodox calendar August 15th marks the Feast of the Dormition (“Dekapentavgoustos”). Sometimes also referred to as the Assumption it commemorates the death, resurrection and glorification of Christ's mother.
For this reason it is one of the most important dates in the church's calender after Easter & Christmas. It is considered a day, not of mourning, but a celebration of joy for the union of the mother with her son and follows a period of fasting. Churches across the island will hold services to mark the occasion.
In Cyprus it is a public holiday and therefore most shops, banks and other services, outside tourist areas, will remain closed.
Last week the Labour Ministry stated that general stores must not open. In addition, special stores that are allowed to operate, must compensate their employees on that day with a 1:2 pay ratio, the Ministry added.