Timkat

Timkat in Addis Ababa – Christian Orthodox believers celebrate the baptism of Jesus

For the past three days, Ethiopian Christians have been celebrating Timkat, the most celebrated religious festival in the country. This Christian Orthodox holiday commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, providing the occasion for thousands of exuberant celebrations with processions, dances and singing. The streets of Addis Ababa are festively decorated in green, […]

Genna

Genna – the traditional game of the Ethiopian Christmas season

It’s Christmas in Ethiopia! Orthodox Christians, who make up more than half of the Ethiopian population, celebrate Christmas, which they call “Genna”. Because Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, Genna falls on 7 January. You will not find many Christmas trees, countless presents and twinkling lights during the Ethiopian Christmas season, but this does not detract […]