Photos: Melkam Fesika, Ethiopian Orthodox faithful celebrate Easter

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.

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter across the East African nation. It is referred to as Fesika.

The Orthodox Easter typically occurs 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 follows).

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.

Ethiopians and well-wishers from around the world are using Melkam Fesika to exchange greetings especially on social media platform, Twitter. Below are some photos from Addis Ababa – courtesy of Reuters Pictures.

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