Around a third of the population of Ivory Coast is Christian, and most of these are Roman Catholic. This fact greatly impacts how Easter is celebrated in this country. Easter in Ivory Coast is commemorated by special masses on various days throughout Holy Week and a public holiday on Easter Monday.
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Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday, is a time to remember the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Maundy Thursday is a day when many wash the feet of new believers to remember Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet in the Upper Room. Good Friday is a time when many attend church services that focus on the death of Christ for sinners.
On Holy Saturday, the full day that Jesus was in the tomb, many attend midnight masses. Others stay up at home, singing, dancing, and praying until the sun rises on Easter Morning. There will also be a large, festive meal with family and friends, and Easter Monday is a follow-up holiday used to “recover” from the intense Easter and Easter Week celebrations.