How does Ethiopia celebrate Easter?
Fasika (Easter) follows eight weeks of fasting from meat and dairy.
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..
What do they call Santa in Ethiopia?
The celebration in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is called “Ganna.” Most people attend church service on Christmas Day but the celebration lasts far longer than one day. Starting on November 25th, people participate in a special Advent that lasts for 43 days, known as Fast of the Prophets or Tsome Nebiyat.
How do you say Merry Christmas in Ethiopian?
According to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church or in the working language of Ethiopia, Christmas is termed “Genna”. ”Melkam Genna!” means Merry Christmas in Amharic.
Why is Ethiopian Christmas on January 7th?
Many Orthodox Christians annually celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7 to remember Jesus Christ’s birth, described in the Christian Bible. This date works to the Julian calendar that pre-dates the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly observed.
What does melkam Gena mean?
(Merry Christmas in Amharic, Ethiopia’s national language) By Sophia Kassa, Program Specialist for Addis Jemari. In Ethiopia, Christmas is called ‘Gena’ and it means ‘a day of glory’. The naming of the day as Gena has a direct connection with the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why is Ethiopian Christmas different?
Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa. It still follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth is called Ganna.