Meskel (the finding of the true cross) is one of the major Holidays of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church lasting for two days. It is not only a religious holiday but one of the colorful festivals in which warm sentiments following the Ethiopian new year get fuller & brighter just like the Demera, the cone-shaped bonfire that marks the beginning of the two-day celebrations.
It is also an important holiday & festival for major coffee-growing regions of the South, particularly the Sidama National Regional State (SNRS), South West Ethiopia People Region(SWEPR), Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR). It comes along with the hints & vibes of the new harvest where farmers take pleasure in their precious maturing red cherries.
The epic nature of the holiday is also magnified by the grand thanksgiving taking place in most areas of Ethiopia with the blessing of the elders at its heart. Beyond its local significance, Meskel is also a global heritage, listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity among the 31 heritages presented at the 8th Conference of intangible cultural heritages in 2013GC.
Sinopia wishes a Happy Meskel celebration decorated like the fine blazes of Demera!