Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Gabon it is celebrated with a holiday on Easter Monday.
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The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar. This means the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.
In fact, all of Holy Week, spanning from the Sunday before Easter Sunday, along with Easter Monday, is a time of celebration. Many in Gabon will attend mass or a church service several times during Holy Week, and they may stay up all night on Holy Saturday for a midnight mass. They would then welcome the coming of Easter at the stroke of midnight. Others attend Easter sunrise services instead.
Food figures large in Gabonese Easter traditions. Stews, called “wat” dishes in Gabon, are central. These vary greatly but always have a lot of spices in them. Bambara, a porridge of rice and peanut butter, and various uses of cassava root are also common.
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