Easter News

Random fact about this Easter that I thought was interesting!

I received this in an e-mail from a friend at the Ethiopian church we attend:

“Also, especially enjoy this Easter  as the Western and Eastern calendars have again mystically converged and so we are uniquely sharing the holiday together across the whole world.  This only happens a few times every century!  “

Holy Week

Ethiopia starts “Holy Week” today!

We went to church to start the festivities.

Of course, we forgot our camera.

There were children singing, and a lot of great food (I’m still thinking of the fried things stuffed with jalapenos and lentils…I need to find the recipe, or at least the name)….

Everyone wrapped palm leaves around their heads in the shape of crosses. Ours didn’t look nearly as elaborate as some.

This is the last week of lent for all Christians, but Ethiopians have specific rules about it. Lent in Ethiopia, Christians don’t eat or buy any animal products like meat, eggs, butter, milk, yogurt, cream and cheese.

So, we’re heading up to be with my parents for Easter, but we made sure to find an Ethiopian Orthodox Church so we could attend Easter service- which is Saturday night!

Easter day service starts at 8.00pm on Easter Saturday night and lasts until 3.00 am on Easter Sunday morning! People wear all white clothes called ‘Yabesha Libs’. People have candles made of cotton and wax called ‘twaf’. At 10.00 pm drummers start playing and accompanying the Priests as they chant a prayer.

After the service, people go back to their homes have a breakfast to celebrate the end of Lent with a ‘dabo’ sour-dough bread. It is traditional that the bread is cut by a priest or by the head man in the family.

The main Easter meal is eaten in the afternoon. The meal normally consists of a sour dough pancake called ‘injera’ and it is eaten with a mutton or lamb stew called ‘beg wot’.

So, this is partially how we will be spending our Easter……And I have to remember to bring my camera next time!

History of Ethiopia- Prehistoric Ethiopia

Okay kids, today is a history lesson.

Ethiopia has one of the richest and most interesting pasts of almost any other country in the world. So, we need to talk about it.

This is the first of a series like it because Ethiopia has too much history to cover in just one little blog post.

The inner Anthropology dork in me is screaming to touch on the most interesting ( I think) out of all of Ethiopia’s past- Let us go back to the land before time….

"Lucy"

Ethiopia is literally the cradle of civilization. It is a physical Anthropologist’s dream because it is covered with facts dating back millions of years. For instance, many people remember the discovery of Lucy (

Australopithecus afarensis) an almost complete skeleton of an ancient bipedal hominid. Did you know she was discovered in Ethiopia? Or that her true name was actually given in Amharic (the language of the people in Ethiopia) ???

Her real name is actually “Dinkenesh,” meaning “You are beautiful” or “you are wonderful”- Of course Americans renamed her something much more American so we could set claim on her.

Also, Did you know that during the reign of the ancient Egyptians they traded with the Ethiopians? The Egyptians referred to Ethiopia as “Punt” and called it “Gods’ land.”

Egyptian Hieroglyph Depicting Punt