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Genna – Ethiopian Christmas

January 7th Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church fast on Christmas Eve before gathering outdoors to pray and chant. They then move into churches for mass, which can last for over 3 hours. Ethiopians rarely give gifts other than small … Continue reading

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Timket – Feast of Epiphany

January 19th The three day festival of Timket begins 12 days after Genna, celebrating the baptism of Christ. Ethiopians wear traditional white garments and priests wear red and white ornate robes and carry embroidered umbrellas. The sistrum (percussion instrument) tinkles, … Continue reading

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Meskal – Finding of the True Cross

September 27th Meskal has been celebrated in the country for over 1600 years. The word actually means “cross” and the feast commemorates the discovery of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified, by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine … Continue reading

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Enkutatash – Ethiopian New Year

September 11th Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days and 6 days in leap year. The Ethiopian calendar is 8 years … Continue reading

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