Meskel, one of the major Ethiopian Orthodox festivals is celebrated for two days beginning September 26th. Legend has it that in the year 326, Queen Helena (Empress Helen) the Mother of Constantine the Great, discovered the cross upon which Christ was crucified. Unable to find the Holy Sepulchre, she prayed for help and was directed by the smoke from a burning fire as to where the cross was buried. After unearthing the Holy Cross, Queen Helena lit torches heralding her success. In the middle Ages, the Patriarch of Alexandria gave the Ethiopian Emperor Dawit half of the True Cross in return for protection afforded to the Coptic Christians. Meskel celebration: UNESCO inscribed on the representative list of the intangible cultural Heritage of Humanity in Dec.2014. UNSECO made the decision in its8th conference of intangible culture heritages.undefinedundefined
Ashenda is a festival celebrated in August in Tigray and Northern Amhara and in neighboring country Eretria. Ashenda is held after the end of a two-week-long fasting known as ‘Filseta’. This fast is observed by adherents of the Ethiopian Orthodox (Tewahedo Church). They gather to honor the Virgin Mary. Ashenda is a Tigrinya word meaning "tall green grass", estimated at around 80–90 cm minimum height. In the tradition of this religious festival, blades of grass are strewn on the floors of homes and shops as a kind of welcome mat. The festivity of Ashenda has different name throughout the country. For instance, it’s called ‘Shaday’ in Wag Hemra zone and it’s known as ‘Solel’ in Raya Kobo. It’s celebrated on August.16 of every year according to Ethiopia calendar. The same festivity is called ‘Mariya’ (Aug.15-17) and ‘Ayniwari’ () in Adigrat and Axum respectively. It is believed that this cultural festivity came to existence from two historical legends that took place. The first was the death of Jehphttah’s son by his father as an offering to the God of Israel in Old Testament. And the second was the death of Virgin Mary (mother of Jesus). Now a day Ashesnda’s influence has grown from being only cultural and religion event to economical and industrious activities. It was once a traditionally girls’ festivity. But currently it has gained widespread recognition and popularity among people in northern part of the country and Ethiopian Diaspora community
Buhe is a Christian holiday celebration in Ethiopia which is held every year on August 19 G.C (or Nähase 13 Ethiopian calendar). On this day, the churches commemorate the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount DebreTabor. People in every neighborhood tie a bundle of sticks together to make a thing called ‘Chibo’ (it’s is widely available for sell). Then they will set it on fire while singing songs that is just meant for this special day. The main song is called "Hoya Hoye" with one singer singing while the others follow in a rhythmic way. It involves Bands of young boys singing and jostling until they are given some fresh dough (buhe). However you should know that this custom that was pass down from generation to generation for so long is now being replaced by money reward around big cities. In light of this, one would be happy to learn the original theme is still in a more intact manner than those modern influenced cities. So come and enjoy this festivity with Ethiopian through 13SUNS TOURS!!!!