I’m back tracking a little, but we had a GREAT Easter!
On Saturday night we attended an Ethiopian Easter service in Oakland, California.
My grandma and cousin decided to join us.
Trying to be as multicultural as possible, we decided to go with Chinese food for dinner before the service:
Grammy feeding Samuel
Lori enjoying a random drink we decided to order
When we got to the church everyone was dressed in their white clothes (including Samuel, Lori, Grammy, and me) It was so much fun. Everyone was unsurprisingly kind.
We took off our shoes and entered a beautiful church with amazing wood ceilings. It was packed, but the church is very hospitable to obvious guests and even though some people were standing outside the sanctuary, they demanded they we come inside- and they made room for us. Due to the limited space Grammy happily was separated from us with Samuel. She has a way of completely immersing herself in her surrounds. The Ethiopian people sitting next to her kept looking over in adoration of her and Samuel and her spirit.
- Grammy and Samuel
The ceremony started with women dressed in white singing hymns and walking down the isle. I kind woman next to me was translating the meaning of the songs.
Then the men came out and the drumming started! The music picked up and the women made these fun noises (sounds like “lalalalala”. I always wondered why they did that and someone told my grandma, but she forgot what they said! Here is a video and the women make that same noise. The drum is also in it…..(it took me forever to find it, so I hope you watch!)
….. Good luck clapping to the beat- it doesn’t work like that to these songs. The clapping still confuses me- it is totally beyond me when to do it.
Samuel was clapping and singing along in Amharic. The only one in our group that could!
They brought out their prayer canes and began dancing with them.
Unfortunately by this point it was 9PM and we needed to get the boys back to bed. So we had to go outside and put our shoes back on 🙂
Samuel kept fixing my shawl like that and telling me how pretty I was
our odd group leaving
Next year we will probably leave the kids home and stay until 3AM like the rest of the people there.
Easter morning was so much fun, but I already posted about that.
After we went to church my aunt, uncle, sister, her husband, and their kids all came to my parents’ house.
aunt Sharon, my sister, and her new baby
Uncle Bob and Brian
The kids played in the sandbox and we had a great time outside, followed by a very satisfying dinner.
my niece, Jessie, my boys, my sister's boys, and me
my mom and my nephew, Bobby
my sister, Ali, and Brian
my dad and the boys
On Monday morning we went over to Grammy’s house for bishi! That is an Armenian breakfast treat. It is a little like a sopapilla (only better), with no cinnamon or sugar….and we serve it with honey.
My cousin Bryan and his kids were there, and so was my cousin Lori- we brought my niece, Jessie with us.
The master bishi-maker at work
Bryan and Lori
And that was my Ethiopian-Armenian Easter……