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Meskel /the Finding of the True Cross/

In the month of September when the Ethiopian mountain turns into a verdant meadow people gather to celebrate one of the epic festivals in Ethiopia; Meskel. The day is celebrated to commemorate the finding of the true cross by Empress Helena of the Roman Empire.

This UNESCO inscribed intangible heritage is best attributed and centered on a conical bonfire called a Demera, mass gathering, and religious chanting.  Despite its mainly attributed as an outdoor event, the people of Gurage best celebrate in house. If you are into the outdoor celebration Addis Ababa, Adigrat and Gondar are the best places to witness this enchanting celebration.