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Buhe 21 August

Buhe is a holiday in Ethiopia and Eritrea, held on August 21 (according to the Gregorian Calendar; Nähase 14 (Ge’ez: ነሐሴ ፲፬), Ethiopian calendar). On this date, the church celebrates the transfiguration of Jesus Christ on Mount Tabor in the presence of the three lead apostles. People of the neighborhood tie a bundle of sticks together to make a chibo, and set it on fire while singing songs. The main song is called “Hoya Hoye” with one singer singing while the others follow in a rhythmic way. It involves young boys singing songs of praise outside of people’s homes, in exchange for fresh dough (itself called buhe).

Bands of small boys call at each house, singing and jostling until they are given some fresh dough (buhe), that is being prepared for baking. In the evening, bonfires are lit outside each home.

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Kulubi (Saint Gabriel Festival)

Kulubi (December 28 Gregorian calendar)

The church was built in 1880.The festival of Saint Gabriel (Kulubi Gabriel), the Archangel, is celebrated on every December (Tahsas) 19 Ethiopian calendar (December 28 Gregorian calendar) which culminates in a pilgrimage to Kulubi, about 68 kilometers from Dire Dawa. Orthodox Tewahido (one in union) Christians mark the celebration with colorful processions and ceremonies. Kulubi is the largest pilgrimage place in Ethiopia. Pilgrims (about 100,000 People) walk up the hill to the church to fulfill their vow and give gifts to the church. People around the world gather in December for Kulubi. The area surrounding the church becomes almost a carnival site with the arrival of the multitude starting from Tahsas 18(27 December).Babies born through Gabriel’s intervention are brought to the front of the Church for baptism. During the duration of the celebration about 1,000 babies may be christened, most of them named after Saint Gabriel.

Travel Ethiopia and visit  the present church which was erected in 1962 by Emperor Haile Selassie, replacing one his father Ras Makonnen had erected to celebrate the Ethiopian victory in the Battle of Adwa.

Fasika (Ethiopian Easter)

Travel Ethiopia and celebrate Fasika (Ethiopian Easter)

Travel Ethiopia and celebrate Fasika (Ethiopian Easter)  on 27 April. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church offers special daily prayers during the Fasika season. The church members and those who offer spiritual teachings in the church do not eat until 3 o’clock in the afternoon with the exception of Saturday and Sunday when prayers are conducted early in the morning. This will be continued for 55 consecutive fasting days. (more…)

Genna (Ethiopian Christmas )

Genna  (Ethiopian Christmas )

Genna  (Ethiopian Christmas )

“Ethiopian Christmas is a public holiday in Ethiopia, and on the night of Christmas Eve (Christmas Eve is on January 6, Christmas on January 7), Christian priests carry a procession through town carrying umbrellas with fancy decorations. (Christmas is called Ganna in Ethiopia) Then the procession finally ends at local churches where Christmas mass is held.

Travel Ethiopia and celebrate Christmas,  not as the primary religious and secular festival that it has become in Western countries. Falling on 7 January, it is celebrated seriously by a church service that goes on throughout the night, with people moving from one church to another. Traditionally, young men played a game similar to hockey, called genna, on this day, and now Christmas has also come to be known by that name.

Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year )

Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year )

Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year ) between September 11 and January 8

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 behind the Gregorian calendar from January to September and 7 years behind between September 11 and January 8.
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