Top Everywhere Festivals
It is tremendous , impressive festival never seen before .It is important festival which falls September 27 which celebrates the discovery of true cross by empress Helena …………….. Huge crowd crowds of people will make Circle the vast bonfire people of all Ethiopian ages seen in the street carrying fresh bunch of yellow daises . In Addis Ababa ,Meskel ( Bonfire) eve sep 26 starting at 3pm all ages of the people of the country go to a large procession of flaming torches approaches Revolution square .The procession includes priests in their brightly Vestment ,troops , boys , scouts , students ,brass hands cross , gold and silver , Sunday school of church singers caring fresh huge cross and they circle Damera and fill the lighted torch on it while singing a special Meskel song “Eyoha Abebaye Meskerem Tebaye” ‘oh!my flower Meskel has downed ‘. The fire it lit at twilling about 6pm the whiff up in the sky and people say ILILI it means that a symbol of Rejoice .Both Candle and Twaff ( wax ) lit at night and all the people accompany the Whiff together with this torch .
This is the greatest festival of the Ethiopian year .falling just 2 weeks after Ethiopian Christ –mass . It is actually three days affair .preceded by the eve of timket when the dramatic and colorful procession take place ,through the night of prayer and fasting ,to the great day itself and the commemoration of Christ Baptist in the Jordan by john . The eve of this celebration is called KETERA ,and it is when the priest brings their TABOT ( the arc of the covenant ) from Each church and bless the water of the pool of the river where tomorrow’s celebration’s will takes place .It is the TABOT and the table of the law which Mosses receive on Mount saina rather than the church building .In Addis Ababa ,many churches bring their Tabot to Janmeda accompanied by their priests with prayers stick and sister the ringing of bells and blowing of trumpets ,swinging bronth ,censor from which whisps of incense smoke escape into the evening air .the tabot rests in their special tents in the Meadow ,each with its proud banner depicting the church saint hoisted in front .the priests pray throughout the long cold night and mass is performed about till 2am .Huge crowds of people camp out ,eating an d drinking by the light of hundreds of flickering fires and torches towards dawn the patriarch bless the water ( bishops and priests perform this ceremony . it is interesting festivals .