Classic Ethiopia Tours

Fasika ( Easter)

Fasika (Ethiopian Easter) is celebrated after 55 days severe Lent fasting ( Abye Tsom or Hudade). Orthodox Tewahedo Christians do not eat meat and dairy products for the whole 55 days. Vegetarian meals such as lentils, ground split peas, grains, fruit and varieties of vegetable stew accompanied by Injera and/or bread are only eaten on

these days. The fist meal of the day is taken after 3 pm during the fasting days, except Saturdays and Sundays, where a meal is allowed after the morning church service.

On Easter eve people go to church and celebrate with candles which are lit during a colourful Easter mass service which begins at about 6 pm and ends at about 2 am. Everyone goes home to break the fast with chicken, lamb or in some areas porridge served with dairy products the lamb and the chicken should be from an animal slaughtered the previous night after 6 pm, the chicken or the lamb is served with Injera and accompanied by traditional drinks like Tella or Tej. Like Christmas, Easter is also a day of family re-union, an expression of good wishes with exchange of gifts like sheep, goat or a homemade big round loaf of bread accompanied by a bottle of alcohol beverage (i.e. the gift is usually from the younger to the elderly)