"Maryam Zion festival - Aksum" Top 5 Page for this destination Ethiopia Things to Do Tip by elsadran
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People from all parts of the country come in thousands every year, sometimes even as many as 50.000-70.000.
They all wore white clothes, men and women, and most of them, even people of Aksum spent their night in the huge church yard. It was a very emotional sight to see all this congregation who defied the bitter cold and the tiredness of the journey and came to express their faith. I woke up very early to catch the light of dawn with the candles and their beautiful white shawls.
Some were teaching the word of God, others were sitting on the ground. The very poor ones received help by the less poor , which were grains of their crops or a few small coins.
The priests were dressed in their best colorful clothes and young children who belonged to the church as helpers or young religion students were dancing along the way until they reached the central point of the festivities, where the high rank priests and city authorities were. There, if you dropped a pin it would not reach the ground.. Then they formed circles and danced and sang religious tunes, two or three of them dancing in the middle, giving the rhythm with their big bongos in their hands. It was a very colorful circle because of the very bright colors of their costumes?
If you really want to attend a celebration like this, please make sure you have booked a good room with a private bathroom several days before. You don't want to know what you will suffer with common bathrooms.....!
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