The Church Dormition of the Mother of God church is situated in the vicinity of Gjavato village at the Derven pass (1168 m.a.s.l), on Bitola – Resen road (22 km from Bitola). The place was important point on the road that was passing here since ancient times and it is assumed that the village of Gjavato was originally at this location.
Church Dormition of the Mother was built in 1971 and due to the clean spring water in its yard, today it is a favorite stop of the travelers passing here. Also frequent visitors are mountaineers, for whom this church is the starting point of the various hiking trails that lead to several places on the Baba Mountain to the south and the “Plakenski” massif to the north.
The church celebrates the holiday “Dormition of the Mother of God” when, from the evening on August 27, many believers come to the temple and spend the night in the surrounding area. Next day on the 28th there is a large gathering in the courtyard of the church.
Wikipedia: The Dormition of the Mother of God (Macedonian: Успение на Пресвета Богородица) is a Great Feast of the Orthodox church which commemorates the “falling asleep” or death of Mary the Theotokos (“Mother of God”), and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into heaven. It is celebrated on 15 August (28 August N.S. for those following the Julian Calendar) as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.