27 September, 2012

‘Demera’ Holiday celebrated colorfully at Meskel Square

‘Demera’ Holiday celebrated colorfully at Meskel Square

Addis Ababa, September 27, 2012 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church celebrated on Wednesday the eve of ‘Meskel’ religious holiday known as ‘Demera’ colorfully at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa.

Acting Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Abune Nathnael in his benediction message urged the followers to love one another and work for peace and prosperity of the country.

He also called on pertinent bodies to build on the effort of the late, patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Curch, Abune Paulos to register Meskel Holiday as world heritage.

Official of the Addis Ababa City Administration, Tsegaye Hailemariam in his message delivered to the faithful said the Ethiopian Constitution grants the freedom of religion to all Ethiopians based on equality.

He said citizens have the responsibility to guard the Constitution and promote co-existence with others. He also called up on the celebrants to be part of the anti-poverty struggle, thereby building the image of the country.

The Demera Procession was attended by visitors from various countries, religious leaders, government officials and large number of faithful.

Choirs and youths from various Orthodox churches wearing colorful closes presented songs and shows at the celebration.

Finally, the Demera (a large bonfire) was lit and the celebration ended.

Meskel in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is an annual religious holiday commemorating the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Helena in the fourth century.


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