Ethiopia: Celebrating The Meskel Festival With The Fire Of Hope And Love

Ethiopia: Celebrating The Meskel Festival With The Fire Of Hope And Love

Last year due to the pandemic, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians were unable to celebrate Meskel festival which signifies the finding of the cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on.

However, without face masks, the people gathered at Meskel Square this year with fire in their hands to honor the big day at the capital, Addis Ababa.

The celebration started on the eve called Demera. It was a lovely sight of the religious. There was a marvelous bonfire illuminating the crowd in white and other colors.

According to the Orthodox tradition, the celebration of this festival points to St Helena who was the mother of the Emperor Constantine. In the 4th Century as it was told in Jerusalem,  she literally found her way to Jesus Christ, the cross, with the help of the smoke from the fire she ignited.

The festival also traced the way the people dressed in centuries past. Some wore Roman costumes portraying a connection to the 1st Century Judea, the time and place Jesus lived.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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