ADDIS ABABA – Followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church have celebrated Meskel holiday colorfully.
The celebrations of finding the cross that Jesus is crucified on, Meskel, began on Friday, on a day that’s known as Demera, in Meskel square, in Addis Ababa.
Believers from all over the city flock to the square dressed in robes and other colorful traditional attire. Priests and deacons bring ornate crosses, drums, and traditional umbrellas used in church services.
Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, used the occasion on Friday to call for all to be guardians of the unique culture of unity and peace.
The diplomatic community, tourists and government officials, including Hirut Kassaw, Minister of Culture,, attended Friday’s Demera event in Addis Abeba.
The celebration is one of Ethiopia’s heritages registered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an element of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.