Epiphany (Tim-qat)

Epiphany (Tim-qat)

19 January (20 January in Leap Year) Three days festivity Replicas of the Arc being brought in procession to a water body in each town and back to its respective Church Ketera Ceremony [eve of Epiphany (Tim-qat)] – 17/18 January Symbolical rebaptism to...
New Year (Enqu-ta-tash)

New Year (Enqu-ta-tash)

New Year (Enqu-ta-tash) 11 September (12 September in Leap Year)  The Ethiopian Calendar is similar to, but not the same as, the Julian calendar. Singing girls bring bunches of the Mesqel Daisy (Adey Abeba) in groups to each homestead of their neighborhood, signifying...
Mes-qel (finding of the true cross)

Mes-qel (finding of the true cross)

Mes-qel (finding of the true cross) 27 September (28 September in Leap Year) On the eve of Mes-qel, called De-mera, bone fire will be set to fire at a central site in each town to commemorate the finding of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was supposed to have...
Mariam Tsion

Mariam Tsion

Mariam Tsion Mariam Tsion – 30 November (1 December in Leap Year) Mariam Tsion Commemoration in Axum: As many as a hundred thousand of pilgrims from all over the country & beyond congregate in Axum annually. The 21st of each Ethiopian month is dedicated to St....
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