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Commemoration Feast of the Finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ. ©UNESCO 2012
Commemoration Feast of the Finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ

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The festival of Maskel is celebrated across Ethiopia on 26 September to commemorate the unearthing of the True Holy Cross of Christ. Celebrations centre around the burning of the Damera bonfire in Maskel Square in Addis Ababa. Hundreds of thousands of people from diverse communities flock to the square as colourfully dressed priests chant hymns and prayers and perform their unique rhythmic dance. Maskel brings families and communities together from across the nation and promotes spiritual life through reconciliation, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.

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Place/region Addis Ababa, Maskel square, Ethiopia, Africa
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Production: Negat film, producer.
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Rights/Droits: Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH)

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