The feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos is coming up soon. I'm planning to take the morning off of work to attend Divine Liturgy, but there's a wrinkle: I work with my Dad, who's Protestant, and he's going to ask, "What is this feast about?" While I can explain that it commemorates the dedication of Mary to the Lord, I'm not sure that I can explain the theological significance. Anyone want to take a stab at helping me?
For bonus points . . . I've heard that some families treat this particular feast as a special day for their daughters. Does anyone here follow that custom? What do you do?