Bekolo Tibs: Ethiopian Rainy Season Rapture


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.Image

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. Image

It is at this time of season when corn is being roasted, boiled and being enjoyed at every corner of the streets of Addis Ababa. The smell of fresh and hot corn is just so tantalizing to pass by.Image

Enjoying corn does not start and end at the streets of Addis. It is also one of the occasional and esteemed Ethiopian household practices.  Image

For Ethiopians, having “Bekol Tibes” during the rainy season (Kiremt), is more like preparing soul food while keeping the house warm at the same time.  ImageImage

Savoring “Bekolo Tibes” is one of many Ethiopian rainy season pleasures. Image

Particularly at this time of year, spotting piles of charcoal around Addis is one of unique scenes that can help you to capture the spirit of Africa. Image

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). Image

Of course, like many other valuable Ethiopian household items, a different kind of charcoal braziers at the colorful Addis Ababa markets has its very own fascinating and devoted section. Image

No talk about Ethiopian rainy season (Kiremt) would be complete without mentioning Gabbi. Image

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.” Image

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…Image

The enticing smell of the roasting or boiling corn combined with the heat of the burning charcoal make the city more tender than ever before, obviously in its very own unique way. Image

So that you can capture the essence of Ethiopia, let us walk around and cherish ordinary time out in the city of Addis Ababa.  ImageImageImageImageImage

Happy Kiremt!

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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8 Responses to Bekolo Tibs: Ethiopian Rainy Season Rapture

  1. pattyabr says:

    love the pictures of the roasted corn! beautiful pictures!


  2. jalal michael sabbagh. says:

    Awesome pictures .The struggle to make a living,the open market,the rich corn cooking,Great post. Thank you for following my website.jalal


  3. Mebit Abrham says:


    It feels so great to see a travel blogger from Ethiopia. Am so amazed with your posts and hope you will keep blogging about the amazing Ethiopia. Well done!!!!

    Nathan tours and travel


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