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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The Ethiopian economy

The Ethiopian economy is based on agriculture, which contributes 42% to GDP and more than 80% of exports, and employs 80% of the population. In 2009-2010, the per capita income was US$365 per annum, and it is unlikely to have increased. The major agricultural export crop is coffee, providing approximately 26% of Ethiopia's foreign exchange earnings, down from 65% a decade ago because export diversification since the mid-1990s. Other traditional major agricultural exports are leather, hides and skins, pulses, oilseeds, flowers and the traditional "chat," a leafy narcotic that is chewed. Sugar and gold production has also become important in recent years.

The Ethiopian Highlands are very fertile, and are criss-crossed by large rivers with enormous untapped potential for irrigation projects, but many parts of the country, particularly in the east and northeast, are prone to periodic rain failures and locust plagues, so there is a constant threat of local drought.

Currently there is an alarming growth in infrastructure which promises the country’s overall development.

HISTORICAL PLACES

Ethiopia, the ancient Christian kingdom, richest historical and cultural heritage in sub-Saharan Africa,

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NATURAL ATTRACTION

Climatic variations and the isolated forbidding nature of her highlands have made Ethiopia a unique habitat

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PEOPLES AND CULTURE

Culturally Southern Ethiopia is extraordinarily rich with some 45 languages spoken by people of

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