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Ethiopians celebrate Fasika, Orthodox Easter, amid calls for peace

Ethiopians celebrate Fasika, Orthodox Easter, amid calls for peace

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<p>On the occasion of Fasika, the Ethiopian Easter, religious leaders have charged citizens to remain peaceful and to support government’s reform efforts, state-affiliated <span class="caps">FANA</span> Broadcasting Corporate said.</p> <p><span class="caps">FBC</span> cited messages from Abune Mathias, Patriach of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church; Berhane Eyesus, a Catholic Cardinal; Pastor Tsadiku Abdo, President of the Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia and others, all of which touched on peace, fraternity, unity and development.</p> <p>Thousands of Orthodox faithful across the country celebrate Easter today (April 8), their particular celebration comes anywhere from a week to two weeks after that of the western Church even though sometimes, they occur at the same time.</p> <p>Ethiopia follows the Eastern Orthodox calendar for which reason it has a different dating system and often celebrates Christmas and New Year separately from that of the widely used Gregorian calender.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ethiopia celebrates entry into a New Year, 2010 <a href="https://t.co/E2SbSyjj9I">https://t.co/E2SbSyjj9I</a></p>— africanews (@africanews) <a href="https://twitter.com/africanews/status/907173383296749568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 11, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ethiopia, Egypt join global celebration of Coptic Christmas <a href="https://t.co/LH1nvVtvEO">https://t.co/LH1nvVtvEO</a></p>— africanews (@africanews) <a href="https://twitter.com/africanews/status/949958977613377536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>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. </p> <p>Ethiopians on social media platform and well wishers are using “Melcam Fasika” to express greetings and to share memories.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Easter (Fasika) celebrated in Addis Ababa <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a> <br /> <br /> Via <a href="https://twitter.com/anadoluagency?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>anadoluagency</a> <a href="https://t.co/sdogO46nIC">pic.twitter.com/sdogO46nIC</a></p>— Positively Ethiopian (</code>PositivelyEthio) <a href="https://twitter.com/PositivelyEthio/status/982948703265804288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ethiopian Orthodox Easter festivities are underway – wishing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopians?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopians</a> a happy <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Easter?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Easter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fasika?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Fasika</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a> <a href="https://t.co/zvo2756zah">pic.twitter.com/zvo2756zah</a></p>— EthiopianStories (@EthiopianStory) <a href="https://twitter.com/EthiopianStory/status/982677882232176642?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Melkam Fasika to all our Ethiopian friends and colleagues in the <a href="https://twitter.com/EUtoAU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>EUtoAU</a> and the <a href="https://twitter.com/_AfricanUnion?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>_AfricanUnion</a></p>— Ranieri Sabatucci (@SabatucciEU) <a href="https://twitter.com/SabatucciEU/status/982872964717740032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MelkamFasika?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MelkamFasika</a>! <br /> <br /> Best wishes to all Ethiopians, at home and abroad, celebrating <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fasika?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Fasika</a>, from all of us at the Embassy in London. <br /> <br /> ?: A pilgrim in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a>’s historic city of Lalibela. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyEaster?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyEaster</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EasterSunday?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EasterSunday</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Easter?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Easter</a> <a href="https://t.co/LBX02h1uvA">pic.twitter.com/LBX02h1uvA</a></p>— Ethiopian Embassy UK ?? (@EthioEmbassyUK) <a href="https://twitter.com/EthioEmbassyUK/status/982897710037598208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today Ethiopian?? & Russian?? Orthodox Christians are united by the holy celebration of Easter! Peace and calm to your homes and families!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MelkamFasika?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MelkamFasika</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D0%A5%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%92%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BA%D1%80%D0%B5%D1%81?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ХристосВоскрес</a> <a href="https://t.co/V3pqSwziEH">pic.twitter.com/V3pqSwziEH</a></p>— Russia in Ethiopia (@RusEmbEthiopia) <a href="https://twitter.com/RusEmbEthiopia/status/982906774335475712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Easter to all my Ethiopian friends and people. Melkam Fasika wherever you are celebrating. Peace and love!</p>— emmanuel Igunza (@EmmanuelIgunza) <a href="https://twitter.com/EmmanuelIgunza/status/982727022685241344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The EU Delegation wishes all followers a very happy Ethiopian Easter. Melkam Fasika!</p>— EU in Ethiopia (@EUinEthiopia) <a href="https://twitter.com/EUinEthiopia/status/982213612692361216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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