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Easter Sunday

May 5, 2013 1 comment

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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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Meskel celebration lights up city

September 27, 2012 5 comments

Thousands of Ethiopians and visitors crammed Meskel square in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to celebrate Meskel, one of the country’s colorful Christian festivals.Celebrations started in the early afternoon, when a huge procession bearing flaming torches approaches Maskel square from various directions.Choirs and youths from various Orthodox churches wearing colorful clothes presented songs and shows at the eve of celebration that commemorates the “Finding of the True Cross”, the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

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New home for ancient manuscripts

May 6, 2012 6 comments

Where do you find the world’s oldest Christian manuscripts? Specialists say that they are in Ethiopia.Two illustrated gospels that date to fifth-century found in the Abba Gerima monastic complex, seven kilometers away from the northern town of Adwa, are possibly the earliest surviving illustrated Christian manuscripts, according to experts.The rare treasures that represent a unique survival of an early Christian text in Ethiopia, predating all others by more than 500 years, are hoped to make the Abba Gerima monastery one of the country’s main touristic attractions. A museum is now under construction on the site to preserve the treasures and scheduled to open June 2012. Read more…