The Ethiopian calendar is filled with interesting and colourful festivals, most but not all of which have their origins in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Others commemorate heroes, battles, and even the fall of a regime.
Ethiopian Christmas, known as Genna, takes place on 7th January. Meaning imminent, the festival celebrates the birth of Christ. As in other Christian countries, the festival is predomindantly a family event, and families get together to eat and pray, particularly doro wat. However, there are also some public events, such as traditional dancing, candlelit processions around the church, and a game like hockey that the shephards apparently played the night of Christ’s birth.
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