Religious Festivals

Religion is an integral part of Ethiopian life and culture and is celebrated with impressive ceremonies, traditional dress, music and dancing providing a blanket of colorful expression across the country.


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Religious Festivals

Religion is an integral part of Ethiopian life and culture and is celebrated with impressive ceremonies, traditional dress, music and dancing providing a blanket of colorful expression across the country. The most important festivals of  The Orthodox Tewahedo Church are Meskel (Finding of the True Cross), Ledet (Christmas), Timket (Epiphany) and Fasika (Easter). Islam is also an important religion in Ethiopia and the main festivals are Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha.

Christian festivals

1/ Meskel/ Finding of the True Cross/ - celebrated every September 27

Meskel is celebrated by dancing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire known in Ethiopian tradition as "Damera". Meskel commemorates the finding of the True Cross in the fourth century when Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, discovered the True Cross on which Christ was crucified. The feast is celebrated in Ethiopia on September 17 Ethiopian calendar (September 27 Gregorian calendar), 6 months after the discovery of the True Cross. The celebration of Meskel signifies the presence of the True Cross at mountain of Gishen Mariam monastery and also symbolizes the events carried out by Empress Helena.

Timket /Ethiopian epiphany –celebrated every January 19

Timket (Epiphany) is one of the most brilliantly, greatest and colorful festivals on Ethiopia's Orthodox Tewahido church calendar and celebrated on 11 January (19 January Gregorian calendar) in memory of the Christ's baptism in the River Jordan by St John. The churches are filled to overflowing with people attending for morning prayers; afterwards the priests take out replicas of the Ark of the Covenant, followed by a procession of people, to the baptism ceremony venue. The following morning, the replica covenants are returned to their respective churches. Special celebration  in Gonder with various religious activities and demonstration in the 17th century swimming pool of Emperor FASILEDES.

3/ Gena / Ethiopian Christ mas – Celebrated every January 07

Ledet (Christmas) falls on December 29 Ethiopian calendars (January 7 Gregorian calendar). Ledet (Christmas) is celebrated after 43 days fasting known as Tsome Gahad (Advent), with a spectacular procession, which begins at 6 AM and lasts until 9 AM. After the mass service, people go home to break the fast with the meat of chicken or lamb or beef accompanied with injera and the traditional drinks (i.e. tella or tej). Special celebration in Lalibela with Colorful religious music’s and dances.

Muslim festivals

Include the ninth month of the Muslim calendar devoted to Ramadan, which is marked by fasting. The greatest Muslim feast of the year is 'Id Al Fatr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. The 'Id al Adha is the feast marking Abraham's sacrifice.

1/ Eid – date of celebration is movable

End of the fast

2/ Remedan – date of celebration is movable

Month of fasting

3/ Eid al Adha/ Arefa - date of celebration is movable

Commemoration of Abraham's sacrifice

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