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Major Festivals & Ceremonies

Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany)

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The greatest festival of the year falling on 19 January, just two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. It is commemorated of Christ baptism in the Jordan river by John the baptist. The next day is devoted to the feast of St. Michael, the arc angle. Since October and the end of the rains, the country dries up steadily. The sun blazes down from a clear blue sky and the festival of Timket always takes place in glorious weather.

Enormous effort is put in the occasion. Tej and Tella (Ethiopian local drinks) are brewed, especial bread is baked, gifts are prepared for the children and new clothes purchased or old clothes mended and laundered. Everyone, men and women and children appear resplendent for the three-day celebration.

Dressed in dazzling white traditional dresses, the locals provide a dramatic contrast to the jewel colours of the ceremonial velvet and stains of the priest’s robe and sequined velvet umbrellas. On the eve of 18th January, the priests remove the Tabot from each church and bless the water of the pool or river where the next days where celebration will take place.

Meskel (The founding of the true cross)

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The word actually means “Cross” and the feast commemorates the discovery of the true cross by the empress Helena, which Jesus Christ was crucified (the mother of Constantine the great). Actually the original event took place on 19 March, A.D. 326, but the feast is now celebrated on 28th September.

It also signifies the physical presence of the true Cross at the remote mountain monastery of Gishen Mariam located in the Welo region. During this time of year, vast bonfires are lit countrywide, the night before the celebration, and on the day itself there are dances and feasts for everyone. This festival also match with the mass blooming of the golden yellow meskel daisies called Adey Abeba in Amharic. People of all ages seen in the streets carrying fresh bunch of yellow flowers.

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Historical Tour Guide Program

Tour guide service to the ancient historical places and ancient holy churches. You will be able to visit the statue of Axum, the Gondar Castles, churches and monasteries arround Bahir Dar, the old city Harar, 12 churches of the Lalibela and many more

Ethnological Tour Guide Program

A tour guide that will enable you to view and experience what other ethnic groups people life-style is and their culture. There are more than 80 ethnic groups in Ethiopia. Each ethnic group will have different way of living and different culture.

Trekking Tour Guide Program

In this tour program there will be trekking activities on the highest mountain of Ethiopia, specially at the north the Semien Mountain and at the south the Bale Mountain. In connection with this tour you will see some endemic animals of Ethiopia

Denakel Tour Guide Program

A tour guide program to the hotest place on earth, the Denakel Depression. You will also see an active volcano at the north western of Ethiopia at the Afar Region. The place has been viewed by the national geography and named one of the hottest place on earth

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