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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Omo National Park

Omo National Park located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region on the west bank of the Omo River, covers approximately 4,068 square kilometers. It is about 870 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa. The lower reaches of the Omo river were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, after the discovery of the earliest known fossil fragments of Homo Sapiens that have been dated at circa 190,000 years old.  The park is located southeast of Addis Ababa at the coordinate between N 6°00' and E 35°50'.

The highest peak in the Maji Mountains is 1541m. The park is home to the Surma, Mogudge and Dizi peoples. These peoples are pastoralists and hunter- gatherers, but also cultivate a few crops on the river levees and make extensive use of the river`s resources. Omo national park is vitally important for the diverse and abundant wild life. The current bird list for the park is 312 species. The riverine forest along the omo river is important for several different bird groups, including herons and egrets, king fisher’s, barbets, chats and thrushes, wood peckers, pigeon, shrikes and fly catchers. It is home not just to Ethiopia`s few remaining large mammals including lion & elephant.


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