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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Merry Christmas in Ethiopia!

That's right! Jan 7th is Christmas in Ethiopia. Today many people in Ethiopia celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ by going to church in traditional dress called a shamma, which is white with colorful stripe on the ends, and eating a special meal together with family. 

I think our adoption agency had a special day for them planned for the children at the Transition house today.

In 12 more days - Jan 19th, Ethiopia celebrates 'Timkat' - the baptism of Jesus. 
Again, adults wear traditional clothing. Kids wear crowns and robes. People create a procession to the church with music, instruments and the priest carry fringed umbrellas. There is a church service and a meal followed by games.

Interestingly, neither of these holidays are typically celebrated by gift giving but with worship, eating and playing games.

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