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Easter Sunday

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This Sunday, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Fasika, (Easter). After a long fast of eight weeks they feast on meat and exchange greetings of well-wishing with their neighbors and relatives. On Easter Eve, Ethiopian Christians participate in an hours-long church service that ends around 3 a.m., after which they break their fast and celebrate the risen Christ. The following photos show reading of the resurrection by priests from Lalibela town, where the churches built underground are regarded by some as the eighth wonder of the world. Just after the Gospel readings, the proclamation of the resurrection is expanded by the song sung by the debteras (first with sticks, then with drums and sistra): «Today is a joyful day, the Sunday (sanbat) of the Christians, because Christ is risen from the dead».


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  1. Correction
    August 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    is the fast only for 8 weeks? Please correct. Thank you.

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