Pilgrim Tours

The Ethiopian faithful have produced great wonders. Magnificent houses of worship like their vast, nearly inaccessible mountain monasteries, and the dozen churches cut from solid stone built by King Lallibella 800 years ago, and the Ark of the Covenant reported taken from Jerusalem and kept in Ethiopia for the past 3000 years.

Ethiopia has found strength in the church. From as far back as biblical times, the church has been the foundation upon which this magnificent country has developed. Religion is a constant and central feature of Ethiopians society. In earlier times, Christianity, Islam and Judaism were the three major religions that make up the major part of Ethiopians culture.  Now days nearly half of the population is Christian, belonging to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, whose 4th Century beginnings came long before Europe accepted Christianity. Some 35 percent of the population is Muslim.  A further small percentage of the population adheres to traditional and other beliefs. Most of Ethiopia's Muslims are Sunnis, members of the largest sect of Islam.  Ethiopia is a country where Christians and Muslims live peacefully ignoring their differences. Despite the difference in religion, the people have developed one Ethiopian character: all are welcoming, kind and hospitable people for strangers and the multitude of pilgrim is an amazing and you will get to see the magnitude of how important a religious sites they are wherever it is celebrated.

Any religious celebrations in Ethiopia are great and full of colorful events, and frequently taken place with thousands of Ethiopian participants. These traditions and festivals that take place thought out the country are deeply rooted and all are the more poignant.

Important Christian holidays that attract thousands of pilgrims include:

Kullubi- Feast of St Gabriel, 28 December:
St Gabriel is the Patron Saint who guards over homes and churches. There is a huge pilgrimage to St Gabriel's Church on Kulubi hill, which is on the route from Addis Ababa eastwards, about 70 kilometers before Dire Dawa. Many pilgrims carry heavy burdens as penance, children are brought to be baptized, and offerings are made to be distributed to the poor.

GISHEN MARIAM
It is celebrated on October 1st for the commemoration of St. Mary day. Thousands of pilgrims come here on October 1st, its annual celebration day; to commemorate the occasion. It is located west of Dessie after mounting the Zigzag rood crossing the Bishlo River.

Ethiopian Christmas & Ethiopian Baptism celebration
The colorful Festivals of   Ethiopian Christmas & Ethiopian Baptism celebration in Lalibela & Gondar, celebrated on 7 & 19 0f January consecutively.

Axum Tsion Festival which falls on 2 December.
The major sites for visiting Muslim pilgrims include:

Sheik Hussein and Sof Omar around Bale
Above all the old Muslim city of Harar with its more than 90 Mosques.

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