Commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross…Ethiopia
Representative List 2013
EN: Colourful demonstration of Sunday school chorus from different churches in front of the Damera. On the background, crouwd of people (the mass) attending the ceremony.
EN: Priest wearing traditional vestments known as Jano or Ting Dereb and holding sistrums and staffs and standing near the Damera. The performance and hymns is of St. Yared composition, the founder of Ethiopian Orthodox hymn known as Zema.
EN: The symbolic performance of St Helena's search for the True Cross displayed for the mass. In the picture, St. Helena is represented by a young lady. the unearthing of the True Cross is also seen on the picture.
EN: The final ceremony of the event is the set on fire of the Damera. Abune Paulos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, seen in the picture kindling a torch with senior government officials and Archbishops.
EN: The great bonfire Damera with its glazing light and smoke represent Helena's great effort in search of the True Cross with the incense smoke that she used to identify its whereabouts. At the background, small candles lit by the mass.
EN: Pilgrims climbing the Gishen Mountain annually on October 1 to commemorate the deposition of the right arm of the True Cross at the Church of Egziabher Abe, at the Monastory of Gishen Mariam located 484 kms north of Addis Ababa.
EN: An ox to be slaughtered for the feast of Maskel in Durame, Kambata Tambaro Zone.
EN: This is a traditional meal locally known as "atakaana". It is prepared during Maskel Festival from white food substance squeezed from false banana dough. Fresh milk, cheese, spices such as garlic, ginger and butter are mixed with it.
EN: Kitfo is the main dish for Maskel Festival. It is finely minced meat that is well cooked and much better mixed to it. The dish also includes minced cabbage, cheese, atakaana, pan cake and injera (Ethiopian bread) among others.
EN: A traditional dancing performed during Maskel Festival by the Guraghe.