Festivals and Events
The Ethiopian people express themselves in rituals ceremonies and festivals. Church ceremonies are a major feature of Ethiopian life. The events are impressive and unique. Religion has an important role in the Ethiopian society, festivals and ceremonies provide many high points in the calendar; only the Ethiopian Orthodox church celebrates not less than 150 major and minor festivities per year. Religious pilgrimages in Ethiopia constitute an essentially unrecorded mass movement of domestic tourists that attract the attentions of most visitors from abroad. In addition to the festivals of the different ethnic groups, we do have national festivals. Muslim holidays are based on the lunar calendar and thus fall at different times each year. The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is devoted to Ramadan, which is marked by fasting.