Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

Timkat or the Ethiopian celebration of Epiphany

Addis is still wearing its festive colours after the Timkat celebrations which took place on Monday. All the streets of the capital were decorated with yellow, red and green (the … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

When King Lalibela went South

Ethiopia has such a rich cultural heritage with sites such as the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela or the walled city of Harar, that the church of Adadi Mariam in the … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment


Ethiopian Orthodox Easter which falls the same day as Western Easter this year, is one of the biggest celebrations in the festive calendar. All over the country, people are preparing … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Funerals the Ethiopian way

In the last two weeks, my friend Manale has been mourning for the lost of her sister (biologically her cousin but she was a sister to her) who tragically succombed … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Holy site of Debre Libanos

Before I start writing about the amazing trip I took to the Danakil depression, I ought to mention a few words about Debre Libanos and its monastery. In a few … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 5 Comments

Meskal Peace

A couple of weeks after the New Year celebration, everything stopped again for Meskal, another important holiday in Ethiopia on a par with Christmas in Europe. Meskal is a christian … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ethiopian Easter

Today is the start of the Holy week according to the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar. It is a very devout week for the Ethiopian Christians who are found mainly in the … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

Epiphany or Timkat

Tomorrow is Ethiopian Epiphany, known as Timkat. The city is getting ready for the celebration, one of the most important in the Ethiopian calendar. Everything stopped after lunch today, offices … Continue reading

January 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

A country of religious festivals

Religion plays an important role in Ethiopia. Many days on the Orthodox calendar are a national holiday, and from an outsider’s prospective, it seems that the secular is  easily mixed … Continue reading

September 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

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