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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Bahirdar and Lake Tana Monasteries

The Blue Nile Falls

Bahirdar (sea shore in Amharic), located 560kms from Addis Ababa on the southern shores of lake Tana, the major source of the Blue Nile, with its ancient island monasteries and both the blue and the white Nile`s most spectacular feature, can be accessed by plain and bus.The lake is the largest highland lake in the country with an area of 3673kms.

The 37 islands that are scattered on the surface of the lakeTana, shelter fascinating churches and monasteries, some of which have histories dating back to the 13th century and were founded much earlier in the medieval period and currently are place of pilgrimage. However, it should be noted that some of the religious houses are not open to women.While most are accessed to both sexes by boat and have beautifully painted walls.

The blue Nile falls, 37 kms far and about one hour drive by bus from Bahirdar, is 400 meters wide and spectacular 45 meters deep. It creates “smoking water” a wonderful &inspiring sight as it plunges into the gorge below.

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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