24 Dec Meskel Finding of The True Cross

This vibrant national holiday has been observed throughout the country by Ethiopian Christians for over 1,600 years. It commemorates the discovery of the cross on which Jesus was crucified, by the Empress Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great.  On the eve of Meskel there is...

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24 Dec Gena Ethiopian Christmas

The colorful ceremony of Christmas Eve is held within the unforgettable rock hewn churches of Lalibela. Thousands of pilgrims travel to Lalibela for two reasons: To celebrate Christmas and the birthday of former priest King Lalibela. With chanting and dancing led by Lalibela priests, the...

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24 Dec Timket Baptism of Christ

The festival commemorates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Priests sprinkle holy water over the Christians present and receive the renewals of their vows.  The congregation then follows the bishops, elders and clergy as the Tabot is carried back to the church. Fasiladas’ bath...

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