Archive for Special events and holiday Festivals

Special Events and Holiday Festivals

  • The Ethiopian great run; schedule to November every year in Addis Ababa
  • Timket or Epiphany; January 18 every year in Gondar town
  • Meskel or finding of the true cross; in Addis Ababa  sep.27 every year
  • Genna or Ethiopian Christmas; at Lalibela January 7 every year
  • Coffee ceremony; experience the Ethiopian culture with a coffee ceremony and learn how it coffee originated here in Ethiopia – best coffee in the world!                                                                                                                                                    DETAILS :-

The Ethiopian great run (9/10 days):

Run For Fun!

Experience the Ethiopian Great Run; meet with some famous world Athletes including Haile G/Sillase, famous world champion….


Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa, visit, the national museum and church of holy trinity.

Day 2: fly to Lalibela; visit the wonderful monolithic churches,

Day 3: fly to Gondar; visit the Castel, Debre birhan Sillasse church, Fasil house of bath

Day 4: Drive to Simein Mountains, about 2 hrs walks for acclimatization and gain your first impression of gorgeous scenery on camping.

Day 5: further drive to the park for more scenery and wildlife, today late in the afternoon, you can run for exercise for the big run waiting for you.

Day 6:  Early in the morning, we can run some more before we drive back to Gondar

Day 7: fly back to Addis

Day 8: join the Ethiopian Great run, experience smuggling with some people including the world famous athletes.

  • Remark; this trip can be combined with other attractions or can be shorter

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Timket or the Epiphany (10/11 days):

The Epiphany or Timket

Experience the Ethiopian Epiphany, the second oldest Christian nation in the world with ancient perpetuates history and the exceptional landscape scenery with interesting wildlife.

Glance at Itinerary;

Day 1: arrive Addis Ababa, visit national museum, church of holy trinity

Day 2: fly to Lalibela

Day 3: visit the monolithic and rock hewn churches

Day 4: fly to Gondar, visit the castle, Debre birhan Sillasse church and the procession in the afternoon.

Day 5: morning visit to the Epiphany and drive to the Simien Mountains in the afternoon- Sankaber Camping

Day 6: walk to Gitch, gorgeous scenery, Gelada monkeys (baboons), birds of prey (6-7 hrs) -Gich Camping

Day 7: trek to Chennek via Immetgogo and Intaye, wonderful views, more wildlife; Gelada Monkeys, Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf (rarely) – Chennek Camping.

Day 8: Early start to drive to Bahir-Dar (8-9hrs drive) – HTL

Day 9: fly back to Addis.

  • Remark; this trip can be combined with other attractions or can be shorter

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Ethiopian Christmas, Genna (10/ 11 days):

Ethiopian Christmas, Genna Christmas, called Lidet, is not the primary religious and secular festival that it has become in Western countries. Falling on 7 January, it is celebrated seriously by a church service that goes on throughout the night, with people moving from one church to another. Traditionally, young men played a game similar to hockey, called genna, on this day, and now Christmas has also come to be known by that name.

Meskel’ – The Finding of the True Cross (11/12 days):

'Meskel' or Finding of the true Cross, Gondar

The festival of Meskel is second in importance only to Timkat and has been celebrated in the country for over 1,600 years. The word actually means “cross” and the feast commemorates the discovery of the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The original event took place on 19 March, AD 326, but the feast is now celebrated on 27 September.