Celebration of the ancient Aksumite Civilisation

Aksum Obelisks
Press Release London, UK - Ethiopia will celebrate World Travel Market week with an event on the ancient Aksumite civilisation at the Royal Geographical Society(IBG) on Wednesday 5th November at 6.30pm (doors open at 6). Professor David Phillipson, who was the first professor of African archaeology at Cambridge University, will give an illustrated talk on The Rise and Fall of the Aksumite Kingdom,...

Against the waves

Irreecha Festival
Insights of the 2014 Irreecha festival By Daniel Dormeyer When they left from Addis Ababa early in the morning of Sunday October 5, the two Europeans, James Cator from England and Daniel Dormeyer from Germany, accompanied by two Ethiopians, Minassie Alemayehu and Haile Mekonen, did not really gauge the significance and importance of what they would experience when attending Irreecha in Bishoftu,...

Meskel, Finding of the True Cross

Gishen Mariam Monastery
Meskel Festival, the finding of the True Cross is celebrated today in Ethiopia. A Unique Heritage  Few countries in the world possess such a wealth and variety of ancient legends and fascinating attractions as Ethiopia. Apart from its geographical and historical sites Ethiopia’s cultural and religious festivities add to the beauty of its landscape and its welcoming people. Endowed with marvelous...

Ethiopians Celebrate Annual ‘Demera’ Bonfire

Demera Bonfire
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Tens of thousands of Ethiopians converged on downtown Addis Ababa on Friday to celebrate Demera, the annual bonfire lighting ceremony on the eve of the anniversary of Meskel the finding of the true cross by St Helena in the fourth century AD. Resident diplomats, clerics, expats and government officials joined the celebration in Meskel Square, where tens of thousands gathered...

Proclamation aimed at boosting tourism income & preserving local heritages implemented

Meskel Celebration
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia :(ENA) – Ministry of Culture and Tourism stated a new proclamation that is aimed at boosting tourism income and preserving heritages is being implemented. The country adopted a proclamation to this effect more than a decade ago. However, the proclamation did not address critical issues such as accountability, categorization of heritages, etc, creating confusions between...

‘Tourist Hub’ Arba Minch Celebrates its Golden Jubilee

Arba Minch Jubilee
Arba Minch Town, located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State of Ethiopia, has celebrated the 50th year of its establishment. During the Golden Jubilee occasion, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and various high government officials were present. Surrounded by two major lakes, Abaya and Chamo, the town has multi-faceted cultural and natural attractions. Located some...

National Jubilee Palace to open doors for visitors

National Jubilee Palace
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian government has decided to turn the residential house of Ethiopian presidents, the National Jubilee Palace, into a museum and move the Jubilee Palace to Prince Mekonnen compound located in Sidist Kilo locality. New buildings will be built in the Prince Mekonnen compound. The designs of the new buildings are completed and the construction contract...

Photo Exhibition: “Ethiopia, Spiritual Imprints” by Greek artist Lizy Manola

Ethiopia Spiritual Imprints (Photo: Lizy Manola) -
Ethiopia Spiritual Imprints (Photo: Lizy Manola) - Venice, Italy -The photographic exhibition ‘Ethiopia, Spiritual Imprints‘ by the Greek artist Lizy Manola will open on August 30, 2014 at 6 PM at the Officina dell’Arte Spirituale on Venice’s San Giorgio Maggiore island. It will run through October 20.The show comprises seventy photos of places, people and things considered...

Ancient Ethiopian holy city keeps modern life at bay

Harar Wall
HARAR, Ethiopia ― Hyenas howl and feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar ― one of Islam’s holiest cities that is holding out against the pressures of the modern world. But change is coming, and campaigners are working hard to preserve the gated Ethiopian city’s unique history, cultural and religious traditions. Inside the thick stone walls modern influences...

A Leap of Faith: 8 Religious Ceremonies from Around the World

Meskel Celebration
For many people religion provides a sense of belonging, a reason to dance and sing or even light a ship on fire.  That’s where these eight festivals come in. Their traditional celebrations create a once-in-a-lifetime event that encourage tourists to join in on the action. Whether you’re captivated by the vibrancy that encompasses these eight festivals or the passion of the believers,...