Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo, Catholic, and Evangelical churches celebrated Good Friday today with various church services. They marked the day with prayer ceremonies, fasting, and bowing down to remember the pain and suffering of Jesus Christ. Religious leaders on the occasion urged all Christian faithful to celebrate the day with love and treating each other respectfully.
Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is one of the most sacred celebrations. People flock to churches for all day long and all night worship.
On Sunday, Ethiopian Christians will celebrate Easter, Christ’s resurrection. Easter in Ethiopia is celebrated with a big feast and lots of cultural and religious activities. Traditionally Easter lunch is the biggest festivity, consisting of the best of the local dishes. Easter holiday cooking includes several culinary varieties blending indigenous spicy ingredients and local famous breads including difo dabo, hibest, anbasha and kocho.
The holiday dishes comprise of injera (large flatbread) and a variety of spicy stews with beef, lamb, fish, and chicken creating a mouthwatering combination. During Easter, households prepares a distinctive local dishes such as doro (chicken) stew with boiled eggs, chopped collard seasoned greens, lamb, kitfo (minced raw beef), tibs (traditionally seasoned and fried meat) and gord gored (cubed raw meat), as well as sweets, treats including cakes and sweet roasted cereals and pastries.
Fiesta starts early in the morning during Easter Sunday. People dress up in their traditional clothing gather together for festivity having the Easter breakfast. Homes also have a different set up with grass strewn, popcorn, traditional giant bread and coffee presented in the living room. Buna (Ethiopian coffee) which involves a long process is served right after breakfast. The process is repeated with new roasting when new guests arrive.