Planning your travel around religious festivals is recommended. The festivals are centuries-old, authentic, and unique.

Believers celebrate by chanting in colorful processions. Kibran Tours arranges fixed departures for such festivals.

Book now as contingents are limited and in great demand. You will have a spectacular and unforgettable experience.

MESKEL (The Finding of The True Cross) September 26th – October 7th 2015

Discover Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, headquarter of the African Union, and home to over 100 embassies. Visit the National Museum, where the 3.2 million-year-old bones of Lucy lie. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and enjoy a panoramic view of the capital from the Entoto Mountain. Attend the Meskel celebration at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa.

 

Fly to Bahir Dar and embark on a cruise on Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile. Visit the impressive Blue Nile Falls.

 

Drive to Gondar, the ancient capital of Ethiopia, known as the Camelot of Africa for its medieval castles and churches.

 

Go to the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia’s most popular hiking destination, hosting the fourth highest mountain in Africa.

 

Fly to Axum, the land of the Queen of Sheba and the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

 

Fly to Lalibela, the “Jerusalem of Africa”, and visit the fascinating rock-hewn churches dating back to the 12th century.

 

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Drive to Arba Minch, a bird watchers’ paradise, and cruise Lake Chamo, home to a substantial number of hippopotamuses and crocodiles. Also visit the Dorze Village known for their bright fabrics and intricate homes.

 

Drive to the various tribes of the Omo Valley, a unique kaleidoscope of cultures that have kept traditions alive for generations.

 

Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park, home to over 60 mammal species and 260 bird species. The lush forests of the Bale Mountains are perfect for trekking, horseback riding, and walking amongst wildlife.

Meskel is a vibrant national holiday that 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 a celebration held at Meskel Square. Tall branches are tied together and yellow daisies, popularly called Meskel flowers, are placed on top before the bonfire is lit.

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HIDAR TSION (Festival of the Virgin Mary in Axum) November 22nd – Dec 3rd 2015

Discover Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, headquarters of the African Union and home to over 100 embassies. Visit the National Museum where the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy lie. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and enjoy a panoramic view of the capital from the Entoto Hills.

 

Fly to Bahir Dar and embark on a cruise of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile. Also visit the Blue Nile Falls.

 

Drive to Gondar, the ancient capital of Ethiopia, known as the Camelot of Africa for its medieval castles and churches.

 

Drive to the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia’s most popular hiking destination hosting the fourth highest mountain in Africa.

 

Fly to Lalibela, the “Jerusalem of Africa” and visit the fascinating rock-hewn churches dating from the 12th century.

 

Fly to Axum, the land of the Queen of Sheba and the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Attend the Hidar Tsion Festival celebration.

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

 

Drive to Arba Minch, a bird watchers paradise and cruise Lake Chamo, the home of a substantial number of hippopotamus and crocodiles. Visit the Dorze Village known for their bright fabrics and intricate homes

 

Drive to the various tribes of the Omo Valley, a cradle of a unique kaleidoscope of cultures who have kept traditions alive for generations.

 

Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park, home of over 60 mammal species and 260 bird species. The lush forests of the Bale Mountains are perfect for trekking, horseback riding and walking amongst wildlife.

The Mariam Tsion Church in Axum is said to house the Ark of the Covenant. The Hidar Tsion ceremony sees pilgrims from all over the country come to express thanks after the fulfillment of a prayer, or in the hope of miraculous cure.

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TIMKET (Ethiopian Epiphany) January 14th – January 25th 2016

Discover Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, headquarters of the African Union and home to over 100 embassies. Visit the National Museum where the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy lie. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and enjoy a panoramic view of the capital from the Entoto Hills.

 

Fly to Bahir Dar and embark on a cruise of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile. Also visit the Blue Nile Falls.

 

Drive to Gondar, the ancient capital of Ethiopia, known as the Camelot of Africa for its medieval castles and churches. Attend the Timket Festival celebration.

 

Drive to the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia’s most popular hiking destination hosting the fourth highest mountain in Africa.

 

Fly to Axum, the land of the Queen of Sheba and the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

 

Fly to Lalibela, the “Jerusalem of Africa” and visit the fascinating rock-hewn churches dating from the 12th century.

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

 

Drive to Arba Minch, a bird watchers paradise and cruise Lake Chamo, the home of a substantial number of hippopotamus and crocodiles. Also visit the Dorze Village known for their bright fabrics and intricate homes.

 

Drive to the various tribes of the Omo Valley, a cradle of a unique kaleidoscope of cultures who have kept traditions alive for generations.

 

Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park, home of over 60 mammal species and 260 bird species. The lush forests of the Bale Mountains are perfect for trekking, horseback riding and walking amongst wildlife.

Timket is of special significance in Ethiopia. It is the most important and colourful event of the year. The festival starts on the eve of Timket. The holy Tabot, a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, is taken from each church to a central area near a stream or a pool. Accompanying the procession are tens of thousands of church members and believers, chanting, dancing, drum-beating, horn-blowing. All in all, it resembles the scene described in the Old Testament. As evening falls, the priests and the pious believers participate in an overnight vigil around the Tabots until dawn. The nearby body of water is blessed towards dawn and sprinkled on the participants, some of whom enter the water and immerse themselves, symbolically renewing their baptismal vows. The congregation then follows the bishops, elders and clergy as the Tabots are carried back to their respective churches.

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FASIKA (Ethiopian Easter) April 22nd – May 3rd 2016

Discover Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, headquarters of the African Union and home to over 100 embassies. Visit the National Museum where the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy lie. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and enjoy a panoramic view of the capital from the Entoto Hills.

 

Fly to Bahir Dar and embark on a cruise of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile. Also visit the Blue Nile Falls.

 

Drive to Gondar, the ancient capital of Ethiopia, known as the Camelot of Africa for its medieval castles and churches.

 

Drive to the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia’s most popular hiking destination hosting the fourth highest mountain in Africa.

 

Fly to Axum, the land of the Queen of Sheba and the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

 

Fly to Lalibela, the “Jerusalem of Africa” and visit the fascinating rock-hewn churches dating from the 12th century. Attend the Fasika Vigil.

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

 

Drive to Arba Minch, a bird watchers paradise and cruise Lake Chamo, the home of a substantial number of hippopotamus and crocodiles. Also visit the Dorze Village known for their bright fabrics and intricate homes.

 

Drive to the various tribes of the Omo Valley, a cradle of a unique kaleidoscope of cultures who have kept traditions alive for generations.

 

Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park, home of over 60 mammal species and 260 bird species. The lush forests of the Bale Mountains are perfect for trekking, horseback riding and walking amongst wildlife.

Fasika is conducted in remembrance of the fasting, suffering, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A fascinating all night prayer vigil is available at all Orthodox Churches.

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