Religious Festivals

Fasika – Ethiopian Easter

In our view, Easter is the ultimate festival to witness in Lalibela. It combines deeply spiritual rituals with an exuberant feasting that marks the end of Lent.  Thousands of pilgrims gather, and Lalibela’s Saturday market takes on particular significance as people prepare for the feast that marks the end of ...

Timket – Ethiopian Epiphany

For Ethiopians, Timket is the most important religious festival of the year; for many visitors, it’s the most spectacular. Thousands of Ethiopians travel to their nearby towns to join in the three-day celebration of Epiphany that starts on 18 January each year. In Orthodox churches, Epiphany celebrates the baptism of ...

Lidet – Ethiopian Christmas

Christmas in Lalibela is an extraordinary experience as the town’s population more than doubles in size in the weeks preceding Lidet. In advance of the three-day celebration, tens of thousands pilgrims gather, camping in the hills around the town and its famous rock-hewn churches.  The ceremonies themselves are solemn and ...

Meskel – the Finding of the True Cross

Meskel - The Finding of the True Cross – is both a religious festival, and a joyful celebration of the end of the long rainy season and the beginning of spring. On the 26 September, people in cities and small villages across Ethiopia gather to build community daisy-topped bonfires (Demera) ...

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