In Orthodox theology, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are much more significant than his birth. Therefore, in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Fasika (Amharic for ‘Easter’) is the most important festival of the year.
In the weeks before the festival, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians go on a fast. After a long church service the night before, the fast is broken in the early hours of Easter Sunday. The faithful wear traditional white garments and carry candles.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is the predominant religious community in Ethiopia (44 percent of the population), with Islam coming second with 34 percent. The Church has around 45 million members worldwide, the overwhelming majority of whom live in Ethiopia.