ADDIS ABABA, April 28 (Xinhua) – On Sunday, Ethiopian Christians labeled Fasika, Ethiopian Easter, amid widespread call to strengthen national unity.
Millions of Orthodox believers across the East African country celebrated Fasico on Sunday, following the traditions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, a week after the rest of the world celebrated Easter.
Ethiopia follows the Eastern Orthodox calendar, which follows a unique calendar that marks Easter, as well as Christmas and New Year, separately from that of the widely used Gregorian calendar.
Fasika, the Amharic term for Easter, follows two months of the Lent period, in which Orthodox followers take part in a night-long church service on the eve of Easter through churches in the country on Saturday night.
On Sundays, families gather around tables to enjoy special meals prepared for the feast, while relatives and neighbors visit and exchange special greetings for the season and dine together.
At household level, families buy chickens, sheep, goats and oxen in the preparation of a special bread called "Diffo" in the Amharic language, as well as beverages from the domestic beer "Tella" and honey wine "Tejj."
Coffee, which takes place at ordinary times at household level, is also a great event during Easter and other great holidays.
The coffee ceremony is conducted differently and in color on occasions that also serve as family meetings by bringing relatives and family members together.
In the midst of Fasic celebrations, Ethiopia was invited to maintain long-term peace and coherence with the country's socio-economic development.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a statement issued on Saturday, called on Ethiopia from all walks of life to take advantage of a special opportunity to promote unity and belonging.
He stressed the need to unify and combat the various challenges that affect the country's development, including corruption and maladministration.
Ahmed also urged the community to oppose "destabilizing forces" that spread hatred between the various groups of East African society.
East Africa, which celebrates New Year on September 11, uses its own calendar of 13 months. Each of the 12 months has 30 days, while the 13th month called "Pagume" has five days, which happens six during leap years.