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.

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Christian Festivals

Muslim Festival

Public Holidays

Tribal Events

Tour Highlights:

Christian Festivals: Enkutatashe, the Ethiopian new year, Meskel (the finding of True cross), Gena ( Christmass), Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany), Fassika ( Easter ), Geshen Mariam round Desie, Axum Tsion (celebration of Saint Marry)

Muslim Festivals: Id Al (Id-ul-Fitr)-Festival of breaking the fast, Ed Al Adha and the Birth of prophet Mohammad

Public Holidays: March 2 victory of Adewa, May 5 Patriots ’ Day and May 28 the down fall of the Derge

Tribal Events: Irecha (Thanks giving to God), Chambalaalla-Fichee

When to Visit:

These celebrations take place in different towns of Ethiopia the dates are fixed and variable for some events mostly these celebrations hold on from September to June