The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is inviting the public to join them for their Lidet Christmas Service, set to be held tomorrow [Jan 6] at 9.30pm at their St. George’s location, followed by a traditional Christmas feast after the service.
A spokesperson said, “Christmas is a major holy day in Ethiopia, where more than half of the population is Orthodox Christian. The celebration occurs on January 7th preceded by a fast of 40 days.
“Lidet or Genna is the Ethiopian name for Christmas and is marked by special ceremonies. The difference of date is due to the use of the Julian calendar which is based on the year of Grace 7 or 8 years after Anno Domini [the year of Our Lord].
“The calendar in use in the west is the Gregorian calendar under which Christmas is observed on December 25th.