Events

Religious in Aksum

Festival of Maryam Zion

This is one of Ethiopia’s largest festivals. In the days leading up to the event on 30 November, thousands of pilgrims arrive and sleepy Aksum truly awakens. Celebrations start in front of the Northern Stelae Field,…
Christmas in Addis Ababa

Leddet

Ethiopian Christmas is a powerful affair – all-night church services are the norm. Head to Jan Meda Sports Ground, in the north of the city, where the most exuberant celebrations take place. Festivities also include…
Religious in Gonder

Timkat

This three-day celebration of the Epiphany (Christ's baptism), is marked with special fervour in Gonder. White-robed faithful throng the streets and churches in solemn processions, with a less solemn event at Fasila…
Religious in Gonder

Meskel

Gonder is a fine place to be for this important national festival that marks the 'finding of the True Cross' by the Empress Helena in the 4th century. Expect bonfires, priests in full regalia and much pageantry.
Religious in Aksum

Timkat

Though smaller than those in Gonder, Aksum’s Timkat celebrations are held at the Queen of Sheba’s Bath, and are just as interesting.
Religious in Aksum

Mehelela

On the first seven days of each month (according to the Ethiopian calendar), St Mary of Zion’s replica Ark (the original replica) is paraded through the streets surrounding the church compound to request forgiveness…
Sports in Addis Ababa

Great Ethiopian Run

Inaugurated in 2001, the 10km run is now the biggest mass-participation race on the continent. It takes over the city on the last or second-to-last Sunday of November and attracts over 20,000 runners. Whether runnin…
Religious in Addis Ababa

Timkat

This celebration of the Epiphany (Christ's baptism) is a colourful, three-day affair. As with Leddet, Jan Meda Sports Ground, in the north of the city, is the best place to be in the city.
Religious in Aksum

Hosanna

As you'd expect in such a spiritually charged city, Hosanna (Palm Sunday) is a big deal here with religious processions and much pageantry. It all happens the Sunday before Easter Sunday (according to the Orthodox c…
Religious in Addis Ababa

Meskel

Celebrating the Finding of the True Cross, Meskel involves bonfires, priests in full ceremonial robes and plenty of festivities around the suitably named Meskal Sq.