“Sunday is sort of like a piece of bright gold brocade lying in a pile of white muslin weekdays.” I think it is appropriate to start with this profound saying by Yoshiko Uchida before saying anything about Sunday. And I believe Sunday is the best day to be in Addis Ababa, since it is a little bit more than a day for scared rest and renewal for intrinsically religious people of Ethiopia.
For travelers, Sunday is one of those days that you should rise up and intermingle with the parishioners around one of the Orthodox Churches of Addis Ababa.
Better yet attend this unique event of Sunday morning to experience one of the major features of Ethiopian Life. Of course you do not have to be a religious person to be part of it but it is advisable to dress up properly to show the respect for the tradition and culture of Ethiopians and which they really do appreciate. Do not forget to grab your camera because the abundance of Addis Ababa’s Life shows is worth to capture.
For the rest of the world here is a glimpse of it.
While walking to the church early Sunday morning, spotting passionate and aspiring football players of Addis Ababa at sports fields of almost every neighborhood of the city is one of the free entertainments of Sunday morning in Addis Ababa.
Since it might not be too long to see one of these kids at international games, stopping by and giving them a cheer up would be really nice!
Especially, on Sunday morning not only the bright sun that lighten up the City of Addis Ababa gracefully, but also, the worshipers dress in traditional white, homespun cotton called “Yehager libes” or the one layer shawl called “Netela”. It is one of the glowing inkling of Addis Ababa which is worth to witness and be part of.
The other interesting part of the Church scene of Sunday morning is the people who are selling stuff outside the main gates of the Church. Here you find candles, torches, little Amharic holly bibles, handmade Ethiopian crosses and so many more.
After attending the three hours of church service, many Addis Ababa ladies buy “Ketema” (the freshly cut green grass which is one of the main pieces for the reputable Ethiopian coffee ceremony).
Many head back home to have special breakfast and the traditional coffee ceremony with Family and friends.
And others stop by cafes and little traditional coffee shops of Addis Ababa which are more than ready to serve the best coffee for locals and visitors alike with all its eloquent pieces specially on Sunday morning.
If you are in Addis Ababa, I suggest you stop by at these little traditional coffee shops and savor the world- class coffee with Ethiopians who knows how to put away the cares of the week and welcome the precious gift of rest in the most unique, traditional and soul revitalizing way!