Asina Gennaye: The Everlasting Ethiopian Christmas Song

Ethiopian Christmas which is called Ledet or Genna in Amharic is usually falls on January 7th in the Gregorian calendar and that means 3 more days to go for Ethiopians to celebrate Genna (Ethiopian Christmas). From the many exciting things which beckons that the holiday spirit arrived in Ethiopia, the classic Ethiopian traditional Christmas song called Asina Gennaye is at the top of the list.

This particular song accompanied by theatrical performance expresses how Ethiopians celebrate Genna and staged at one of the valued Theatres of Addis Ababa -Yehager Fikir Theatre. Even though this traditional Genna song is more than 30 years old, it still resonates with many Ethiopians heart… especially at this time of year.

The song is about the Genna holiday celebration and states traditional Genna holiday activities like Yegena Chewata – a traditional game played by young kids at the field during Genna ( a kind of hockey) – and the overall Genna celebration in the most entertaining way. Enjoy!

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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2 Responses to Asina Gennaye: The Everlasting Ethiopian Christmas Song

  1. (Almost) Merry Christmas! Looking forward to reading about how it’s spent in Ethiopia 🙂


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