Come Sunday morning, the chapels in Congo will be on fire with singing and festivities. Already in Congolese society, Easter conventions were not honed. Presently, it is praised as a religious occasion in numerous establishments and organizations.
The greater part of the Easter customs in Congo are recognizable to every one of us. However, those conventions do exclude the Easter Bunny or substantial, family ham suppers. One exceptional Congolese convention has profound importance on Easter – absolution. Generally, the Congolese who have focused on their salvation and are experiencing their confidence, need others to witness it. Also, what preferable time to do that over at Easter and the festival of Christ’s restoration. The absolution by aggregate drenching may incorporate a gathering of many applicants however the custom is performed on Easter morning independently in either a baptismal pool, a stream, lake, lake or waterway – yes, even the Congo River. The whole church turns out to be a piece of this happy occasion. There is the hazard that the competitors’ white baptismal attire may change shading when submerged in the corroded, sloppy water of the Sankuru River in Central Congo or be demolished in a lake utilized for dousing Cassava, the staple sustenance in Congo. At that point, there are the substantial waterway angle swimming in the middle of hopefuls’ legs as the minister is submerging them. What’s more, on the grounds that numerous Congolese don’t swim, permitting themselves to be submerged in an expansive waterway is yet another approach to exhibit their dedication to their confidence.
Easter morning will discover me at the International Church of Kinshasa’s dawn benefit at Sims Chapel on the banks of the Congo River. Impart that dawn minute to me through the joined photo. Wishing you a Joyous Easter!