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Ashenda in Ethiopia

Ashenda Festival

When you travel Ethiopia  witness Ashenda, a unique Tigrian traditional festival, which takes place in August to mark the ending of fasting called filseta. This event is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. It is unique to the people in the state of Tigrai which is in northern Ethiopia. The name of the festival “Ashenda” comes from the name of a tall grass that the girls make in to a skirt and wear it around their waist as a decoration.Ashenda | Ethiopia Festival Tour | Balehageru Tours Ethiopia | Ethiopia Travel Agency | Ethiopia Tour Guide | Ethiopia Trave Tips

Ethiopia Culture and Tradition

Cultural and Traditional Ethiopia

Ethiopian culture and tradition have been much influenced by both Christian and Muslim religions. The Amharas and Tigreans are predominantly Christian and adhere to the Orthodox church. The Oromos, the largest ethnic group are more mixed, with Christian and Muslim communities, as well as communities who adhere to local traditions.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the largest religious group (45%), followed by Sunni Muslims (35%) and those with traditional beliefs (11%). An additional 9% are listed as ‘others’. Catholicism and Ethiopian evangelism (Mekane Yesus) are also considered to be important religions in Ethiopia.

Religion has always been a major influence in Ethiopia and no other sub-Saharan country in Africa can trace its origins as far back. Ethiopia is mentioned many times in the Bible and in the Qur’an.

Mursi Ethiopia

Travel to Ethiopia and visit the  Mursi.

The Mursi live in south west Ethiopia  on the East side of the Omo river, a large river that goes into Lake Turkana in northern Kenya . The Mursi, are surrounded by many other groups of people, many of whom are traditionally enemies, with whom they may have war at any time, due to land expansion, cattle raiding, and other reasons. Until the 1970’s, (more…)

Konso World Cultural heritage

Konso World Cultural heritage

 Konso Ethiopia

The Konso are southern Cushitic peoples that live in isolated region on basalt hills. A Konso village may be fortified by a stone wall used as a defensive measure. The corner stone of Konso culture, however, is highly specialized and successful agricultural economy that through terracing buttressed with stone, enable these people to extract a productive living from the not too fertile hills and valleys that surround them.

The Konso are sedentary, hardworking and materialist. They worship the sky god “Wag” venerate serpents and display elements of an ancestor cult, commemorating dead heroes with carved wooden figures known as “Waka” or “something of grandfathers”. Representing the sum total of man’s achievements, these totems are placed in open fields or by roadsides and depict the deceased wives, the enemies he has slain in battle and any noble animals he may have killed. They define age-set institutions, hold elaborate initiation ceremonials to mark the rites of passage from one grade to the next and wear phallic “Kalicha” on their foreheads during these ceremonies.

Tour Ethiopia and be among the Konso!

 

Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany)

Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany)

Travel Ethiopia and Experience Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) !

The greatest festival of the year falling on 19 January, just two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. It is commemorated of Christ baptism in the Jordan river by John the baptist. The next day is devoted to the feast of St. Michael, the arc angle. Since October and the end of the rains, the country dries up steadily. The sun blazes down from a clear blue sky and the festival of Timket always takes place in glorious weather.

Enormous effort is put in the occasion. Tej and Tella (Ethiopian local drinks) are brewed, especial bread is baked, gifts are prepared for the children and new clothes purchased or old clothes mended and laundered. Everyone, men and women and children appear resplendent for the three-day celebration.

Dressed in dazzling white traditional dresses, the locals provide a dramatic contrast to the jewel colours of the ceremonial velvet and stains of the priest’s robe and sequined velvet umbrellas. On the eve of 18th January, the priests remove the Tabot from each church and bless the water of the pool or river where the next days celebration will take place.

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