Religious Festivals

Religion is an integral part of Ethiopian life and culture and is celebrated with impressive ceremonies, traditional dress, music and dancing providing a blanket of colorful expression across the country.

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Addis Ababa

Trinity CathedralAddis Ababa (New Flower in Amharic),is the capital of Ethiopia with an altitude at 2300 meters above sea level, it is the third highest capital in the world interims of altitude. It was established as a capital city in late 19th century by emperor Minilik 2nd in 1887. It has over 3.5 million people.

Due to the suitable weather, its strong contribution for Africa’s liberation, and the country`s best political stability,Addis Ababa is continued to be not only the capital city of Ethiopia but also the diplomatic capital city of Africa.There are lots of diplomatic missions & international organizations here in Addis Ababa.  The African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) are headquartered here.

The most important attractions with in Addis Ababa are: historical & victorious monuments (eg. Lion of Judah monument), museums(eg Zoological Museum, palaces, open air religious & public festivals, market place, old houses, and different international / continental buildings.

There are more than 100 churches in Addis Ababa,but the most important & frequently visited churches are Entoto Mariam, EntotoRagguel church, Trinity Cathedral, St. George church/AradaGiorgis/, Baeta Mariam, WashaMikeal/ a rock hewn cave church/ and Minilik Mausoleum/tomb. There are also more than 60 mosques in Addis Ababa, but the most important & frequently visited mosques are Anwar/ the Grand mosque/, Nur and Wolle/ Gibbi/. The Ethnographic Museum is well worth to visit with its two main sections covering local crafts and people with its cultural diversity. Here you can learn about Ethiopia’s rich ethnic diversity.

Moreover one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africais the National Museum. This Museum houses the nation`s artistic treasures as well as many of the most precious archaeological findings such as the fossilized remains of early hominids, the most famous of which is “LUCY” the partial skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus Afarensis.  Mercato is the largest open air market in East Africa. Here you can buy everything from potatoes to gold and jewelers.

It is also possible to organize a day or 2days trip with in and surrounding the city.

The attractions surrounding Addis Ababa and that can be visited in a day or 2 days trip are:-

  1. North of Addis Ababa Sululta foraquatic birds, DebrelibanoseMonastery and Portuguese Bridge.
  2. South East of Addis Ababa Crater lakes of Debrezeit 45kms from Addis Ababa like Bishoftu lake, Kurftu, Hora etc. which are scenic and rich in common and endemic birds.
  3. South west of Addis Ababathe 2nd open air museum in Africa, MelkaQuntery archeological site, AdadiMeriam, is the semi monolithic rock hewn church, Tiya stele field(UNESCO registered site 1980), found in the Gurage area it is the site of stone planting and represents mysterious grave mark.
  4. West of Addis AbabaMenagesha forest located 35km from Addis Ababa is much wooded forest with some 400 years old trees and it’s also a sanctuary for several commen and endemic mammals and birds. Not far from Menegasha forest is Addis Alem Mariam church, Ambo Mineral Water and Wenchi creator lakes are another attractions.
  5. DebreBirhan and AnkoberDebreBirhan is 130 km far from Addis Ababa and Ankober is located 40kms from DebreBirhan and this town was 1stcapital for Emperor Menelik II for the spectacular view of rift valley.


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