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Meskel feels like a continuation of the celebration of Enkutatash, making September a month of festivities. Unlike Enkuatatash, there is an outdoor celebration a small-scale in everyone’s backyard as well as a grand damera celebration, which involves a Christmas tree-looking thing, made of dried sticks decorated by a green adey abeba, by this time very abundant. This is accompanied by a parade of choirs from different churches, especially at Meskel square .The Dameras history is connected to Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. While searching for the original cross of Jesus, she prayed for the sign and got one from smoking, upright bundle of sticks. The direction that the last stick standing fell would be the direction where the true cross could be found. A piece of the true cross was then brought to Gishen Mariam Church in wolo, Amhara Regional state, Ethiopia. Therefore, in memory of Empress Helena, on the Eve of septemeber 27(the actual day the cross was found) people make their own damera and sing and chant around it. If it is in Addis Abeba, Mesqel square is the place to be. Now it is registered by UNESCO as world cultural heritage.

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  • start: Friday January 19, 2018
    end: Friday January 19, 2018
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