Meskel (Finding of the True Cross)

Meskel (Finding of the true cross) on 27th of September

Meskel is a procession that commemorates Saint Helena’s discovery of the original cross where Christ was crucified. It is celebrated on 27th of September .It also signifies the physical presence of the true Cross at the remote mountain monastery of Gishen Mariam located in the Wollo region.

During this time of year, vast bonfires are lit countrywide, the night before the celebration, and on the day itself there are dances and feasts for everyone. This festival also matches with the mass blooming of the golden yellow Meskel Daisies called Adey Abeba in Amharic. People of all ages seen in the streets carrying fresh bunches of yellow flowers. Travel Ethiopia and celebrate the Finding of the True Cross!

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