Ethiopia celebrates Easter according to the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian Calendar, which makes it land up to a month apart from Easter in other Countries. This is in accord with the traditions of the Eastern Orthodox branch of Christianity.
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|2022||25 Apr||Mon||Ethiopian Easter Sunday|
|2023||16 Apr||Sun||Ethiopian Easter Sunday|
|2024||5 May||Sun||Ethiopian Easter Sunday|
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Many Christians in Ethiopia will fast for 55 days before Easter, avoiding all meat and meat products during that time. On Easter Day, however, they might indulge in roast lamb and a feast that may include many other types of meat and other dishes. Many families have a reunion on Easter Sunday and may also exchange special greetings and small gifts.
The Easter Mass, however, is the high point of the celebration. It begins around midnight on the night before Easter. Everyone carries a candle which is lit during the service, signifying Jesus as the Light of the World.
|2020||19 Apr||Sun||Ethiopian Easter Sunday|
|2019||28 Apr||Sun||Ethiopian Easter Sunday|
|2018||8 Apr||Sun||Ethiopian Easter Sunday|
|2017||16 Apr||Sun||Ethiopian Easter Sunday|