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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Axum (UNESCO registered 1980)

Stele at Axum

Axum, 1024 kms far from Addis Ababa was the capital city of the longstanding Axumite kingdoms represented as a queen of Shaba, is the center of a high civilization started to rise as early as 400 BC. The obelisks of Axum which exhibit the superior architectural genius of that period are good examples. One of the major attraction sites of Axum, is its seven mysterious monolithic stele, hewn from a single piece of solid granite. The most notable are curved to resemble multi-story building; several of them weigh more than 500 tones.  

Axum is not only the source and seat of the ancient Ethiopian civilization, but it is also the holiest place and is still regarded to be the spiritual home of Ethiopian Ortodox Christianity.

Axum is also renowned for its Cathedral of st. Marry of Tsihon, where legend has it; the original arc of the covenant, brought by Minilik I, is found there. you can also visit the bath of queen Sheba, graves of king Kaleb & G/Meskel, and other valuable historical and religious treasuries.

Axum is also a delight to archeologists with ruins of ancient tombs, stelae, palaces and churches seen everywhere. Axum & the surrounding are endowed with icons, coins and historical crowns of ancient emperors.  Amazingly 98% of the ancient city remains to be excavated. The market place has interesting curios ad ancient coins for the delight of tourists.



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



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



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