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  • Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris
    P.O. Box 3658, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Tel. 251-111-552128/558591/551127
    Fax. 251-111-550298
    addisoffice@ervsafaris.com

    Photo : Meskal Bonfire in Addis © Ethiopian Tourism Commission MESKAL - (Finding the True Cross of Christ)

  • HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL
    Meskal is second in importance only to Timket and has been celebrated for over 1,600 years. The word actually means "cross" and the feast commemorates when the cross of Christ was revealed to Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great.

    In Addis Ababa, celebrations start in the early afternoon when a procession bearing flaming torches approaches Meskal Square from various directions. Participants include Priests in brightly colored vestments, students, brass bands, contingents of the armed forces and floats carrying huge lit crosses. They circle the "demera" and fling torches upon it while singing a special Meskal song.

    Thousands gather at the Square to bid farewell to the rains and welcome in "Tseday" the spring season with it's profuse "Meskal" daisies and golden sunshine. As evening darkens, the flames glow brighter. It is not until dawn that the burning pyramid consumes itself entirely and the big tree at the center finally falls. During the celebrations, houses are stocked with "tella" the local beer, and strangers are made welcome.


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      arrive Addis
    in Addis (Meskal Day Procession)
    fly to Axum
    fly to Lalibela
    in Lalibela
    fly to Gondar
    fly to Bahir Dar
    fly to Addis
    fly to Harar
    fly to Addis
    departure

    ITINERARY

    10 nights/11 days (in-country)

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      arrive Addis
    in Addis (Meskal Day Procession)
    fly to Axum
    fly to Lalibela
    in Lalibela
    fly to Gondar
    fly to Bahir Dar
    fly to Addis
    fly to Dire Dawa; drive to Harar
    drive to Dire Dawa; fly to Addis
    departure

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