Thursday, September 11, 2008

An Important Day

To remember when so many lives where changed.  To honor all those who lost or risked their lives.  To take a moment and pray for peace.

It's also an important day in Ethiopian Culture - It's Happy New Year, called Enkutatash -New Year, 11 September - This festival celebrates both the New Year and the Feast of John the Baptist at the end of the long rains in Spring, when the Highlands become covered in wild flowers. Children dressed in new clothes dance through the villages, distributing garlands and tiny paintings. In the evening every house lights a bonfire and there is singing and dancing.

My friend Heather also made me aware of a local street festival this weekend in Little Ethiopia on Fairfax.  This Sunday from noon -8pm.  Can't wait to check it out.  Sure wish bro was with me ;)


Heather said...

Happy Enkutatash!

Let's all go to the festival together on Sunday!!


Andy said...

I wish I was there with you too! You got to learn the shoulder shake :) Go with tibs, dorowat. Pick up some music too, I'm sure you'll enjoy. Gigi is popular!