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Ashenda Festiva

ashenda cultural festivity

Ashenda or Shadey (Tigrinya: ኣሸንዳ, Agaw language: ሻደይ) is a festival celebrated in August (G.C.) in the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia, and in neighbouring Eritrea. Ashenda marks the end of a two-week-long fast known as Filseta read more

The ancient monastery of Debre Damo

The ancient monastery of Debre Damo
Debre Damo is one of Ethiopia’s most important monasteries and is thought to date back to Aksumite times and the 6th-century reign of King Gebre Meskel.

Debre Damo monastery located in Tigray state in north Ethiopia was believed to have been built during the reign of King Gebre Meskel in the 6th century AD. It is on a rising plateau of trapezoidal shape, about 1,000 by 400 meters in dimension, and read more

Aksum: Land of the Queen of Sheba

Aksum: Land of the Queen of Sheba
A pre-Christian Stelae Field opposite Maryam Tsion incorporates the tallest blocks of solid stone ever erected in ancient times.

– The oldest continuously-inhabited city in sub-Saharan Africa, Aksum was founded more than 3,000 years ago in the days of the Queen of Sheba. It served as capital of the Aksumite Kingdom, which was the dominant trade entity in the Horn of Africa read more

Mekelle: The Northern Star in Two Decades

Mekelle - “Welcome to the City of Knowledge”!
Mekelle – “Welcome to the City of Knowledge”!

I had the pleasure of travelling to Meqelle, the seat of the Tigray Regional State, last week and the Southern Zone of the region on a five-day fieldwork assignment.

Before landing at Ras Alula Aba Nega Airport, I glanced down at the northern star only read more