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“Fasika” means “Easter” in Amharic, and refers to the 55-day period during which Ethiopians commemorate their most revered holiday. In the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Christ’s death and resurrection are commemorated in this festival, one of the oldest.
Fasika, the most important Christian festival, usually lasts one week longer than Western celebrations because the Ethiopian Orthodox Church values the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ more than His birth. For a period of customary services and events immediately following the Christian holiday of Easter in the Western calendar known as Fasika in Ethiopia, all Ethiopian Christian faiths, including Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, gather. There are more elaborate festivities and more intensive fasting as Ethiopians move closer to Easter Sunday. All meat and animal products are banned from the diet of Orthodox Christians and Catholics for a customary 55-day fast, which is broken on Good Friday after a morning prayer in the Church. If you’re familiar with Lent, a 40-day time of abstinence in the Western Church, this is a lot like that. The Paschal Vigil, which takes place on Easter Saturday, is a time for Orthodox Christians to kneel and rise until they are physically unable to do so any longer. Dance and music spill out into the early hours of the morning as the vigil begins with solemn and spiritual contemplation. Everybody returns to their homes at 3am to break their fast with their families after the symbolic killing of a chicken at 12am. Doro bread is prepared with honey and milk in the morning, coffee ceremonies are held in the afternoon, and tej, an alcohol made from fresh honey and consumed by Orthodox Christians and their families at the dinner table, is a common practice. When it comes to Easter, a sheep is slaughtered in order to begin the celebrations, which are celebrated by all denominations. The story of Abraham’s faith being put to the test as he is asked to sacrifice his only son is symbolized by the sheep. God sends a sacrifice lamb in Abraham’s son’s place just before Abraham is ready to carry out God’s wishes. Many believe that the story foreshadows Jesus’ death on the cross as the ultimate atonement for the world as God’s only son. It is a celebration that culminates in a burst of festivities, including feasting, dancing, and singing. In addition to celebrating Christ’s death and resurrection, these jubilations serve as a showcase for Ethiopian culture’s rich variety and vitality.

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