As John Updike said, “Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the Earth, without rain there would be no life.” June, July and August are rainy season in Ethiopia. Kiremt is the Amharic word for the Ethiopian rainy season. After enjoying almost ten months of amazing sunshine, Addis Ababa is now welcoming the rainy season the best way Ethiopians know how.
Well today, the virtual journey goes through Addis Ababa neighborhoods so that you can take a glimpse on how Ethiopians embrace rainy season with the scrumptious and healthy “Bekolo Tibs” which in Amharic simply means roasted corn.
I believe that beauty lies in details, so I would like to mention another prized item of Ethiopian household, which is necessary for the traditional coffee ceremony, keeping the house warm, and even for cooking, it is Yekesel Midiga (Charcoal brazier).
The luxurious, 100% cotton handmade Ethiopian white blanket, with multicolored design strips called Tibeb, which is added to the border. It is during Kiremt in particular, Ethiopians bundle up by the warm Gabbi. Besides, as Susan Allen Toth stated “The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain.”
The timing of Addis Ababa’s rain is unpredictable that requires learning to be flexible and adjusting accordingly. And it consists of some “sunny spells”. It can be muddy and cold at times to walk on the streets of Addis during Kiremt but…