post Fasika on My Mind

April 4th, 2010

Filed under: Life Style — Admassu @ 21:57

There are two main forms of social situation that influenced my life while living in Aware. Aware, where I spent the main part of my teenager years before leaving Ethiopia. Aware was, visually seen, not a beautiful district of Addis.  And it fortunately was also not the worst. The special thing about Aware is that it was located on unusual spot of the city where two contradictory and influential public establishments co-existed side by side. From Aware, if you walk about two kilometres heading right, you are in the middle of the three popular churches of Addis: Selassie, Gabriel and Beata. And if you walk about two kilometres from Aware heading left, you are in the mid of the popular night life district: Kazanchis.

Being a teenager in Aware was an obviously challenging matter, for example, in case one decides to head only to Kazanchis ignoring heading right towards the churches. On early Sunday mornings, it could be quite embarrassing to meet people you know when they march towards those churches filled with pure intentions wearing their pure white dresses and covered by their pure white gabbis while you, covered by the smell-cocktail of Kasanchis’ night life, head home with a killing hangover nearly blowing your head off. Me and my friends chose in those days to combine both directions and did the best we could by finding a way to feel at home in this hardly combinable state of lifestyle. If you are from Aware, you would understand what I mean….. but let save that for a another topic.

Mentioning heading right to the churches, my memory takes me back to the sacred ceremonies of Timket, Gena, Siklet and Fasika in Gabriel Church. The whole feeling behind these occasions could hardly be described with words. That is also the reason that I chose to take time to edit and share this small film.

Fasika on My Mind is a short virtual journey to Addis to take part in an Easter festivity. The film is dedicated to all fellow Ethiopians who happily celebrate this mystic day by giving their best even if they don’t have enough financial background. This film is also dedicated to those of us abroad who didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate with our families back home.

Melkam Fasika.


  1. Nice Trip! I was home for ten minutes. Thanks.

    Comment by Chuchu Fekade — 5. April 2010 @ 01:29

  2. Poor sheep and goats.

    Comment by ljyu — 5. April 2010 @ 23:38

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