Celebrating Easter - Ethiopian Style

For many Christian Orthodox Ethiopians, the last 55 days before Easter have been a season of lent, 40 days corresponding to the days that Jesus Christ fasted & 15 days to pray for the world we live in, for Ethiopia & her leaders. During this time, many abstain from dairy products & meat & adhere to a vegan diet. Many attend daily church service early morning or after work. Christian butcher shops in Ethiopia are closed around this time. Music stores stop their usual blast of the latest songs & instead put out spiritual melodies. This a period of spiritual exercise & many refrain from planning a wedding during this time. What makes it interesting is the mutual respect between Muslims & Christians. This lent season is understood by all faiths and even though it doesn't apply to Muslims & to non orthodox Christians, the Fasting period is well supported. For that extent, Fasting is not generally viewed as a hardship, but rather a privilege and joy in preparing for the coming "Feast Day" or Fasika (Easter) which is celebrated with special ritual. The chicken or lamb slaughtered at dusk, takes hours to cook and the release of enjoyment with plenty of food, fresh meat and locally brewed alcohol like Tej (honey wine) & Tela (Ethiopian brewed beer) marks the end of the long fast. Doro wot, a spicy chicken stew, is the most traditional food served in all households along with a variety of lamb and beef dishes. Celebrations continue for the following week, with an unofficial "second Fasika" and with wedding bells ringing in the city and newly released album blasting through the speakers of music stores and taxis. The vibrant atmosphere of this season can make one jubilant for weeks. So it's with notion, that we express our good wishes to all of you. 

We had featured the recipe for Doro Wot in our last November issue, so this time we feature the special cooking pot used to make this specific dish "Shekla Diste". The Diste is a hand made clay pot. Prior to its use, it's carefully conditioned over low heat. It's excellent for slow cooked food and retains heat to simmer sauces with out burning. Should you need to order one, visit our Brundo site with instructions on how these pots are curated.  

Continued from our last month newsletter, we like to remind our Brundo customers of the upcoming "Gift of Sight" event with Seed of Health. 

Join us for a day of Growth on Saturday May 2nd, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm at the American Steel Studios gallery 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA. Combine a day of fun, with some delicious Ethiopian food, all for a noble cause. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Seed of Health website http://www.seedofhealth.org/or at the door on the day of the event. 100% of the funds raised will go towards Seed of Health's ophthalmology clinic in Bahir Dar. Thank you in advance for your support. Together we can make a difference!

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