03.09.2019 - UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa

Ethiopians Celebrate Ashenda/Shadey, a very Popular Girls Festival

A very popular girls and young women's festival known as Ashenda/Sheday is under celebration in many parts of Ethiopia. Doing their hair in traditional style and dressed in traditional clothes, girls celebrate the festival with songs and dances. This Ethiopia’s intangible heritage is a priviledged context for sharing gender roles and identities as well as transmitting them.

The nomination file of the festival has been presented to UNESCO by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the property to be registered on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The title as officially presented is Ashenda Ashendye Aynewari Maria Shadey Solel, Ethiopian Girls Festival

Ethiopia ratified and became State Party to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the intangible Cultural heritage on 24, February 2006. Since then the country has able to register three elements on the List. The UNESCO listing is a very important step towards safeguarding national cultural heritage properties, while also it maximizes the contribution of cultural heritage for prosperity, unity and peace building     

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