Fasika (ፋሲካ), or the Ethiopian easter

Fasika (Easter) is the most important festival in the Ethiopian orthodox church, celebrated to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter celebrations begin with special service on Holy Saturday. The Mass held on the eve marks the end of 55 days of fasting. Every member of the congregation holds lit candles throughout the solemn liturgy. The main service takes place at 6:30 am and lasts until 3 or 4 am the next morning. At midnight, all the candles are lit to mark the resurrection of Christ and to represent the passage from darkness to light.

Fasika is celebrated 1 or 2 weeks after the Gregorian Easter. Thus, Fasika in 2018 was celebrated on 8 April and the Gregorian Easter on 1 April, in the Gregorian calendar.

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