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Meskel Festival in Addis Ababa

መልካም የመስቀል በአል/Happy Meskel Festival
The festival of Meskel, one of the major Ethiopian Orthodox festivals is celebrated across Ethiopia on September 26th and 27th to commemorate the unearthing of the True Holy Cross of Christ by Queen Helena (Saint Helena) in the fourth century. The celebration includes the burning of a large bonfire known as Demera. The best place to experience the Meskel Festival is in the capital Addis Ababa at the famous Meskel Square. Meskel is also colorfully celebrated across the country, especially in the North and Southern parts of Ethiopia.
UNESCO has registered the Meskel festivity in the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2013

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      Stop At: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

      Meskel Festival in Addis Ababa

      Duration: 5 hours

    • Departure Point :
      Meskel Square, Kera, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
      Departure Time :
      Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 9/27/2019 - 10/25/2021
      Friday:02:30 PM - 07:30 PM
      Return Detail :
      Returns to original departure point
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      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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    Organised by Fun Top Fun Ethiopia

    Activity ID: V-196374P3

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