9 Days Ethiopia Christmas (Genna)

Celebrations in Ethiopia are great and colorful events, mostly religious, and frequently take place over several days. Important Christian holidays include Meskal, Christmas, Timkat, Kiddus Yohannes and Easter. Timkat, which marks Christ's baptism, is the most colorful event of the year. In September, the two-day feast of Meskal marks the finding of the True Cross. Kiddus Yohannes, New Year's Day comes on September 11, which coincides with the end of the season of heavy rains and the beginning of spring. Muslim holidays are based on the lunar calendar and thus fall at different times each year. The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is devoted to Ramadan, which is marked by fasting. The greatest Muslim feast of the year is 'Id Al Fatr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. The 'Id al Adha is the feast marking Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac as commanded by God. On these days, after praying and listening to the imam (religious leader), Muslim Ethiopians sacrifice animals and distribute part of the meat to the poor. Wearing new clothes, they visit friends and relatives as well as family graves. Horse races are also traditional on these days. Muslims celebrate the Prophet Mohammed's birthday on September 20 and mark the anniversaries of numerous martyrs.

Tour Code: ETE053
Duration: 9 days and 8 nights
Transportation: surface and air
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour ends: Addis Ababa

Day 1: Jan 03 - Arrive Addis

Day 2: Jan 04 - Fly to Bahir Dar

Day 3: Jan 05 - Fly to Gondar

Day 4: Jan 06 - In Gondar - excursion to Simiem

Day 5: Jan 07 - Fly to Lalibela (Christmas Day Celebration)

Day 6: Jan 08 - In Lalibela (Christmas Day Celebration)

Day 7: Jan 09 -Fly to Axum

Day 8: Jan 10 - Fly to Addis

Day 9: Jan 11- Departure



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Lalibela

Lalibela

Trekking to Lalibela

Lalibela

Lalibela

Trekking to Lalibela

Lalibela

Lalibela

Looking down to Hudad Lodge

Lalibela

Lalibela

Crops growing on the Plateaus behind Hudad

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