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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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Meskel (Finding of the true cross)

Meskel (Finding of the true cross)

Meskel (Finding of the true cross) on 27th of September

Meskel is a procession that commemorates Saint Helena’s discovery of the original cross where Christ was crucified. It is celebrated on 27th of September .It also signifies the physical presence of the true Cross at the remote mountain monastery of Gishen Mariam located in the Wollo region.

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