Meskerem: The First Month Of Ethiopian New Year


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.Image

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.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Meskerem is like tuning up before the play begins…335 more new days to unfold.

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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24 Responses to Meskerem: The First Month Of Ethiopian New Year

  1. Beautiful pics 🙂 I knew nothing at all about the Ethiopian New Year!


  2. T.D. says:

    Good post and Happy New Year!!


  3. Fabulous pictures! Please is the New Year celebrated as a religious festival or a political National Day? The processions look religious!


  4. errolbennett says:

    Such beautiful images and wonderful narrative. Makes me want to return to Ethiopia even more after being there to witness the Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela last year. Will definitely be back. Keep sharing and thank you so much.


  5. Tariku says:

    Wonderful pictures, Sara, thanks for sharing them!


  6. marian says:

    Thanks Sara! I loved your photos and your post brought back great memories of last year when I celebrated Meskel at Meskel Square in Addis with thousands of others!


  7. Tanya says:

    Hi Sara. I love your blog! You help to bring Ethiopia to life for me and the team here in Sydney (Australia). Thank you!

    We are Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia). Raising funds and awareness for the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. Such a privilege for us to work for the women and girls of Ethiopia!



  8. Hi Sara,good to hear from you again.This a universal post ,festival ,culture, spiritual ,beautiful costumes .Smiling faces..Best regards.Jalal Mikchael


  9. Karl Drobnic says:


    Great photos of the meskal flowers in bloom. Is that the Blue Nile Gorge in the background? I remember the Blue Nile Gorge as one of the most beautiful places in the world. I’d like to stand there on the rim again and gaze down into it.


  10. Violet says:

    Hi Sara! Just read your post, and want to wish you a very happy belated New Year! 🙂 Love your photos especially the Meskel flowers!! They are like postcard photos!!!!!


  11. Theresa says:

    Stunning shots! The yellow against the green is just beautiful!


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