With last Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent in many Christian denominations worldwide, here in Ethiopia, I am still living in a completely different world. For starters, we’re still in 2005 and Lent doesn’t begin for another month. Also, in the Ethiopian Orthodox church, Lent begins on Clean Monday instead of Ash Wednesday and lasts for 56 days.
Yep, that’s right, 56 days. Not the usual 40 that we all know and love.
Another distinguishing factor is that meat isn’t only given up on Fridays… all animal products are given up every day. And no, you can’t “cheat” on Sundays. For all intents and purposes, beginning March 18 I will be vegan until Easter… which this year happens to fall on Sunday, May 5.
Easter in May? Yep. It feels a little late to me too.
That said, I’ve heard many, many good things about Fasika (ፋሲካ, Amharic for Easter) and am really looking forward to the celebration that follows the long period of fasting. Timket was a wonderful celebration, I’m sure Fasika will be just as amazing!