What is St. Mark Festival?
- Spiritual Competition among the Coptic Churches: Study Spiritual subjects and get tested on them; as well as competitions in sports, computer, research, etc.
- Organized by the Bishopric of Youth: Always had competitions, then started St. Mark's Festival to include churches all over Egypt
- Started in Egypt first
- Coptic Churches in other countries started participating later
- The churches in the USA and Canada started participating in 2009
|Purpose of the Festival
- Unity of all the members of the church; all the members of the Coptic Church are doing the same activity all over the world.
- Spiritual Benefits: Bible Study, Church History, Dogma, Rituals and lives of Saints; as well as learning the Coptic language and church hymns.
This year it has the theme "Hold Fast What You Have"