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Meskel Festival in Ethiopia / Finding the true cross/

The Meskel festival is one of the most important spiritual events in Ethiopian culture. It takes place on September 17th on the Ethiopian calendar (September 27th on the Gregorian calendar). Meskel is celebrated by dancing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire known in Ethiopian tradition as Demmera. Every year thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians gather at the sunken rock churches of Lalibela for this festival which commemorates the finding of the very cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. The celebration of Meskel recognizes the presence of the true cross at the Mountain of Gishen Miriam monasteries. On the eve, pilgrims sleep outside the ceremonial tent containing the Tabots, replicas of the Ark of the Covenant. The Tabots are carried through the streets by priests; many pilgrims believe the original Ark of the Covenant is kept safe in northern Ethiopia. The start of the festival is a riot of colour, music and dancing as worshippers converge on the churches.

per adult from

$330

AUD

Duration

2 days

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • We will provide three times a day water and the packages will include meals depends on the request.
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Tip, shopping, and others private costs are not inclusive

  • MESKEL:
    The Meskel festival is one of the most important spiritual events in Ethiopian culture. It takes place on September 17th on the Ethiopian calendar (September 27th on the Gregorian calendar). Meskel is celebrated by dancing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire known in Ethiopian tradition as Demmera. Every year thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians gather at the sunken rock churches of Lalibela for this festival which commemorates the finding of the very cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. The celebration of Meskel recognizes the presence of the true cross at the Mountain of Gishen Miriam monastery. This monastery holds a volume of a book which records the story of the true cross of Christ and how it was discovered. On the eve, pilgrims sleep outside the ceremonial tent containing the Tabots, replicas of the Ark of the Covenant. The Tabots are carried through the streets by priests; many pilgrims believe the original Ark of the Covenant is kept safe in northern Ethiopia. The start of the festival is a riot of colour, music and dancing as worshippers converge on the churches.


  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pick guests in everywhere as we have got the request to have our excellent service.Airports
    • Lalibela Airport, Lalibela Ethiopia
    • Gondar Airport, Gonder Ethiopia
    • Bahar Dar Airport, Bahir Dar Ethiopia
    • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • 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.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Ethio Design Tour and Travel

Activity ID: V-147006P5

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