Fasika is another major celebration that follows the 55 day Lent fasting during which Orthodox Christians abstain from eating meat and dairy, following largely vegan diet and only then eating after daily prayers at 3 pm in the afternoon on weekdays. A meal may be taken after morning prayers on weekends. Fasika is not as colourful but no less a spectacular as traditional white clothes are worn by all. There are prayers on Easter Eve, attended by all, until 3 am and then families get together to exchange gifts and mark the end of Lent with traditional meals of meat and injera.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.