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Church Holy Days

Saints’ days and other Feast Days were established by the church herself. ~+~ Some go back to apostolic times and others are of later origin. There is a great number of feasts in the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church.

Feast Days

+ 9 feasts of the Lord         + 33 feasts of our Lady, Virgin Mary 
+ Feasts of the Apostles    + Sunday, Saturday
+ Feasts of the Angels        + Feasts of the Righteous (Saints)
+ Feasts of the Martyrs.

Fast Days

+ There are 7 official fasting periods ordained in the Fetha Negest.
+ There are 180 of fasting days in total which are obligatory for all Orthodox Christians.
+ Total of 250 fasting days a year are for Monks/Nuns, Priests & other special groups in the church. 
+ Advent and Qusquam (40 days preceding, 'the Fast of the flight to Egypt').
+ The longest periods of fasting are those of Lent.

In addition to these, there is the fast of repentance which a man keeps after committing sin, it being imposed as a penance by the priest for 7 days, 40 days or 1 year. ~The priest rarely grants dispensations. ~ The person who ignores or neglects any injunction of the church is not considered good Christian. ~+~ (Pregnant women, the very ill or persons with chronic illness are excused from fasting)

The 7 Official Fasts

The 7 Official Fasting periods for lay persons. +All persons above the age of 7 observe the church fasts. + There is a fast of desire which a man keeps if he thinks that he will subdue his body by extra good works. + There is a fast which a Bishop keeps at the time he is consecrated. + There is a 40 days fast for all new monks/nuns, beginning the day of consecration continues to seclusion. + Monks/Nuns observe additional fast days not required of the lay people.

Wed/Fri Fast | Tsome Dihnet

Prophet's Fast | Tsome Nebiyat

Gehade Timqet | Eve of Epiphany

Fast of Nineveh | Tsome Nenewie

The Great Fast | Abiy Tsom

Apostle's Fast| Tsome Hawariyat

Assumption Fast | Tsome Filseta

Major Holy Days

The Nativity | Lidet

The celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Good Friday | Siqlet

The day which our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for our sake.

Epiphany | Timqet

The celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ, by St. John the Baptist.

Holy Resurrection / Tinsaie

When our Lord and Savior arose from the dead, after freeing Adam, & chaining satan in hades.

Palm Sunday | Hosa'ina

The celebration of when Christ entered Jerusalem and all praised Him.

Ascension / Irget

The celebration of when our Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. (Always Commemorated on a Thursday)

The Transfiguration / Debre Tabor

The celebration of the revelation of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ's divinity.

Holy Thursday | Misete Hamus

The celebration of when Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist.

Pentecost / PeraqlīTos

The celebration of the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the Holy Apostles in the form of Fire.

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