The Origins of the “Enkutatash”
Tracing the origins of the Enkutatash tradition, as historians site it, is biblical as the Queen of Sheba Makeda came back from her visit to the fabled King Solomon, the elders (the chides) of the tribes as a welcome gesture offered her Jewels known as “enku”. Hence ‘”Enkutatash” translates to the “Gift of Jewels” and has been celebrated henceforth in the season of spring. Meskerem hence is the month which sees the transition period of the transformation from the old to the new and hence is the month that nestles within it the hopes for a brighter and better future.
Finding the True Cross
Which falls on September 27(Meskrem 16) by Ethiopian calendar and which celebrate to remember the discovery of the cross by queen Helena the mother of Constaine the great, the celebration include burning of large bonfire to imply the smoke drifted towards the direction of buried cross, this bonfire is called””Demera””, people gather in churches and central area to remember the true cross discovery by amazing ceremony. The ceremony acclaimed by congregation,decons and priestes.so exciting and colorful festival that no one miss it!!This ceremony is best which celebrates Meskel Sequare in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
While the Gregorian calendar celebrates Christmas on the 25th of December, Ethiopia still retains the ancient Julian calendar in which Christmas falls on January 7th (of the Gregorian calendar.) It’s typically, a hot summer day and people in towns and villages dress up in their finest to celebrate. The Ethiopian name given to Christmas is Ledet or Genna which, according to elders, comes from the word Gennana, meaning “imminent” to express the coming of the Lord and the freeing of mankind from sin.
Epiphany of Ethiopia is one of the fascinating festival which falls on January 19 & 20, the day before the baptism is known as “Ketera” means blocking the water by Geeze language, the holly Tabot (Ark of the covenant) is removed from each church to a central area where the ceremony takes place with the colorful umbrella and clothes, after staying the all night in tent, early assemble around the Tabot and sprinkle holly water over all Christians presents there, then get back to the church by spiritual songs & ecclesiastical dance of the priests also all the Christians. Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany)