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 Historic Cities of Harar (UNESCO registered site in 2006)

Shewa gate of Harar

The ancient walled city Harar is 526kms away from Addis Ababa, is known for the great wall which was built in the 16th century at the time of Amir Nur Al-WazirMujahid. The wall encircled the old town of Harar to protect its people from possible attacks and has 24 towers for observing enemies from a distant and five gates, namely Shea Ber, ErerBer, BudeBer, sengaBer and FallaneBer.

Harer has been a holiest Islamic city in the horn of Africa and a place of pilgrimage from all over the world for many years. With its more than 90 mosques and shrines, (almost 82 within the circle of Jegol), Harar is considered to be the 4th most sacred center of Islamic world next to Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.Harer is very rich in historical and cultural attractions. In Harar you can also enjoy Hyena feeding ceremony every night.

Dire dawa (the jewel of rail way) the 2nd populous town in ETHIOPIA is the result of ETHIO- DJIBOUTI rail way (which was born in 1902) is also the 2nd economically & industrially renowned city of the country. There are cemeteries of 70 African soldiers and three British pilots and cave paintings (porch epic cave, lagaoda and inkufftu- according to local traditions these paintings are 70,000 years old)


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