Meskerem (September 11 – October 10) is an exceptional month for Ethiopians including me, thus I want to honor it in this particular post before it departs. Besides being the first month of Ethiopian New Year in which “Enkutatash” celebrated in good cheer throughout the country, it is also a month which offers the much anticipated Meskel festival.
Meskel festival commemorates the finding of the true cross.
The actual Meskel holiday falls on September 27 and usually the festival takes place during the eve of the Meskel holiday. The very fact that the festival takes place after two weeks of Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year) makes this particular month a time of celebration along with new beginnings.
There is no place like Addis Ababa, Gondar and Axum to experience Meskel and capture the essence of Ethiopia and here is a sneak preview from Addis Ababa’s Meskel Festival.
This two day festival is the most colorful festival after Timket. One of the most exciting scenes of the Meskel festival is the fact that Damera (bonfire) is built and lit after it is blessed by the priest.
Last but not least, it is at this time of year much of Ethiopian highlands naturally painted in amazingly yellow by daises which jointly called Meskel flowers (Adey Ababa in Amharic) as they flower at the time of Meskel.
I was fortunate enough to hunt and gather Meskerem’s joy while traveling to the northern part of Ethiopia at this special time of year and that is of course the blossom of Meskel flower and want to share it with you all.
Meskerem is like tuning up before the play begins…335 more new days to unfold.