Holidays in april in Ethiopia
In the month of April we have the biggest holidays in ethiopia like Hossaena(Palm Sunday),Tinsae/Fasika(The Resurrection of Jesus Christ).
Hosanna is celebrated a week before Ethiopian Easter. It commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ with his disciples into Jerusalem. People welcomed Jesus by spreading palm branches. The best place to observe this ceremony is at St. Mary Zion Church in Axum.
The day is celebrated in a peculiar way. It’s very common to see laity wearing cube shaped palm ring and wearing palm stripe on the head. The feast precedes the holiest week in the entire Lent.
The last week is known in Ethiopia as “himamat” which corresponds to “passion week.” It is the time during which the laity commemorate and live moments of pain and suffering leading to Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The most pious ones extend their fasting time to two days, three days or even a week depending their spiritual strength.Along with the fasting, prostration is the hallmark of the week. The liturgy for the week is a bit different and emphasizes the experiences of Jesus leading to Golgotha where he was crucified
Tinsae/Fasika(The Resurrection of Jesus Christ)
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 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.