ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has extended his best wishes to all Ethiopians on the occasion of Ierrecha, a thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people.
Preparations have been finalized to colorfully celebrate the annual Irreecha festival. It will be celebrated in Addis Ababa, Hora Finfine, on Saturday and Bishoftu Hora Harsedi festival on Sunday.
The celebration of Irreecha in the capital will be historical as it is being celebrated after 150 years, said the region’s tourism and culture bureau.
Representatives of nations, nationalities and peoples from all over the country will be participating in the event, the Bureau announced on Thursday.
The bureau said a committee has already been established to welcome the guests from all directions of the capital city.
On the same day, Prime Minister Abiy issued a message of best wishes. In his message posted on an official facebook page, Abiy said “Irreecha is a symbol of peace and unity. It is a thanksgiving festival.”
He said the festival would help to further strengthen harmony and unity among nations, nationalities and people of Ethiopia.
The Prime Minister also called on all Ethiopians to come together and celebrate Irreecha, a festival which has a great role for unity.
“Since values that build brotherhood and encourage social interaction have significant contributions for nation-building, let’s use this great celebration for this purpose,” he said.
The Oromo people celebrate Irreecha to thank Waaqa (God) for the blessings and mercies they have received throughout the previous year.
The festival in its traditional form is celebrated in different localities across Oromia.
At the national level, it is an event that brings millions of Oromos from all over the country and non-Oromo visitors from other parts of the world.