“Touch your Shoulders, Touch your Knees,” and have a Happy Easter!

Ethiopian Easter

Happy Easter, Friends and Family!

This week on the playground, I learned a new word: Sigdet. I made the boy who told me about it repeat it about ten times, because it was so unfamiliar to me! It comes from an Ethiopian “Holy Friday” tradition that was important to him. You cross your arms and touch opposite shoulders, and then touch your knees. According to this nine-year-old, it signifies Jesus on the cross and helps them remember his sacrifice.

A funny thing to be talking about the playground? Maybe! But this little boy had remembered that we had talked about Ethiopian Epiphany celebrations a few months ago, and now he couldn’t wait to talk about his Holy Week fasting and commemorations (see https://sonjaandersonbooks.wordpress.com/?s=Epiphany for the post about Epiphany).

Besides going without dairy for the past forty days, he was anxious to tell me about the Saturday night watching service that ends with celebrating Christ’s resurrection at about 3 am! He thought he might sleep through some of it. He and his sister looked very excited about the service, and it sounds like an evening of connecting with family and friends, food, and fun.

The pictures I found from the Seattle Times from a few years ago, seems to capture this event well. Enjoy, and Happy Easter! He is Risen!
Click below for the pictures and a really short, great video!
http://seattletimes.com/html/picturethis/2017991308_ethiopianorthodoxchurchcelebrateseaster.html

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and picture books for children, and occasionally an article or short story for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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