The Easter season is a significant time in Burkina Faso, and a public holiday marks Easter Monday, the day after Easter Day (Sunday), each year.
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In Burkina Faso, there are over 60 ethnic groups and about as many languages in a relatively small country. And there is great religious diversity as well, with many being Muslim, Christian, or even Animist. And there are large numbers of both Catholics and Protestants among the Christian community.
During Easter, as well as Christmas, Muslims and other non-Christians will often take part in the festivities. And conversely, Christians will be invited to and attend major Muslim feast days. This is largely because many families in Burkina Faso are multi-religious.
Christians begin celebrating on Maundy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. They will observe Good Friday, the day on which Christ died, and sometimes a midnight mass on Holy Saturday as well. But almost every Christian attends Easter Day services on Sunday.
Following church services, people head home to enjoy large meals with family and friends. They also spend much of Easter Week visiting people they may not have seen for some time.