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Hidar Tsion

Hidar TsionIn November the Virgin Mary is one of the most venerated of all religious figures in Ethiopia. "Hidar Tsion" is associated with the presence of the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and the belief that the Ark itself is a symbolism to her womb.

This festival is attended by tens of thousands of people from all over Ethiopia, making it one of the most joyous annual pilgrimages in Axum, the "sacred city of the Ethiopians."

Genna (Ethiopian Christmas) December:

GennaGenna or its other name is Lidet (Christmas) falls on 29 December, Ethiopian calendar (7 January, Gregorian calendar). Ledet (Christmas) is celebrated after 43 days of fasting known as Tsome Gahad (Advent), with a spectacular procession, which begins at 6am and lasts until 3pm. After the mass service, people go home to break the fast with the meat of chicken or lamb or beef accompanied with injera and the traditional drinks (i.e. tella or tej).

Best place to witness this festival is Lalibela, Addis Ababa, Gonder or Axum.

 
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