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Fasika or Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter anywhere from a week to two weeks after the western Church (sometimes, they occur at the same time, due to the vagaries of the Eastern Orthodox calendar, which Ethiopians follow).
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, an Amharic term for Easter, follows two months of fasting period, in which Orthodox followers participate in a night-long church service on the eve of Easter across Churches in the country on Saturday night.
On Sunday, families sit together around tables to enjoy the special dishes prepared for the feast, while relatives and neighbors visit each other and exchange special greetings of the season, and dine together.
At the household level, families purchase chicken, sheep, goats, and oxen while preparing special bread locally called “Diffo” in the Amharic language, as well as drinks of house-made beer, “Tella,” and a honey-wine “Tejj.”
The coffee ceremony, which is held at ordinary times at household level, is also a major event during Easter and other major holidays.
The coffee ceremony is conducted differently and colorfully on such occasions, which also serve as a family reunion by bringing together relatives and family members together.