Buhe is a unique religious holiday celebrated by the Ethiopian orthodox religion followers in a very special and warm way right before Kiremt (Ethiopian rainy season) ends. Buhe celebration usually takes place three weeks before Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year) which is going to fall on September 11, 2013.
According to the orthodox religion, this particular festivity commemorates the transfiguration of Jesus when he went up onto a mountain to pray with his three disciples Peter, John and James and appeared in his glorious splendor accompanied by Moses and Elijah. This particular day called “Debretabor” and named after the mountain.
Ethiopians honor this particular day by burning chibo (bunch of dried sticks), “boys in particular” singing a certain song called Hoya Hoye!and going door to door to receive a special home backed little Ethiopian bread called “Mulmul” made for Buhe celebration.
The song Hoya Hoye contains special Amharic verses created by the boys and it is usually about praising the owner of the house they go to and after they get their gift they finish up the song with special verses that express their gratitude and best wishes for next year.
Hoya Hoye is particularly for young boys as Enkutatash is for young girls. The stick they are holding used as a musical instrument and they make the sound by hitting the ground with it. Here is something for you to Enjoy Hoya Hoye!
At this time of year, almost every Ethiopian house hold prepare Difo Dabo (a round home backed bread) for the celebration, and of course besides the little bread “Mulmul” which is specially baked for the Hoya Hoye Kids.
Then the song Hoya Hoye continues but this time in great cheer…clapping and running around the burning chibo…which also makes this particular day, a celebration of the rainy season before it departs and welcoming the New Year with new hope.