Festivals

fest2A number of colorful and cultural festivals are celebrated in Ethiopia. Among the most colorful are:

  • Enqutatash, Ethiopian New Year – 11 September
  • Gena, Christmas – 7 January
  • Meskal, the finding of the true cross – 27 September (of which the bonfire ceremony is the most impressive part of the festival)
  • Timkat, Ethiopian Epiphany – 19 January

In addition, there are other popular religious festivals connected to angels’ and saints’ days. The most celebrated are:

  • meskelSaint Gabriel’s day at Kulubi – 28 December
  • Saint Mary’s day – 29 November
  • All Muslim holidays

Marriage, birth, other rituals, body adornment, housing styles, and other practices are expressions of Ethiopia’s melting pot of tribal and cultural diversity.

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