Ethiopia Celebrations

Celebrations in Ethiopia are truly spectacular, colourful events, mostly religious, and frequently take place over several days. The country hosts locals and visitors from all over the world, these one of a kind joyous celebration are something that all clients should experience.

FASIKA The Easter ceremony starts on Good Friday. Pilgrims dressed in white fill the churches, praying, resting, and listening to the priests.  There is a spiritual solemnity to the events, as priests and deacons chant for many hours to the rhythmic jingling of In Lalibela, Fasika is celebrated in every church, and clients can move from one church to another. In their white shawls, the pilgrims move from church to church themselves, bowing a certain number of times in each one depending on the promises they made to God in exchange for answering specific prayers. The ceremonies culminate with a mass in the early hours of Sunday morning. Clients will be invited to light candles and clap to the devotional music, looking down on the several hundred priests and deacons participating in the rituals below. It is rhythmic, mesmeric and beautiful. MESKEL The Meskal Festival is celebrated on September 27th with floral processions and the burning of torches. It commemorates the discovery of the True Cross of which Jesus was crucified, by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in the 4th century. The festival centres on the legend that Queen Helena had a revelation in a dream. She was told to light a great bonfire and the smoke would reveal the resting place of the cross. Today the bonfire is erected in Meskel Square in Addis Ababa and is topped by daisies in the form of a cross. Priests and worshippers circle the bonfire singing before it is lit. Colourful dancing and feasting are all traditions of the festival.