THE HISTORIC ROUTE OR ROUTES NORTH HIGHLANDS.
SEVEN DIFFERENT ROUTES
We propose seven different routes in the road to North Highlands, visiting the historic cities of Gonder, Lalibela and Axum passing by the monasteries of Lake Tana and Blue Nile Cascades. We visit the monolithic churches of the Kingdom of Lalibela, which were excavated in the rock and built in the thirteenth century, the monoliths and Tombs of the Kings Axumite, churches excavated in the rock, found in the Tigray Region, some of them date from the fourth and fifteenth centuries, and Negashi mosque, the seventh century in Tigray. Also visit the Shrines in Harar, Dire Dawa city, Sot Omar, Sheik Hussein, and other places. These routes to the north, fascinate the traveler, because you can connect to the ancient past of these lands by the people who inhabit these places today.
Timkat (also Timket or Timqat) (Amharic) "Baptism"is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. Is celebrated on January 19 (or 20 in leap year), corresponding to 10th Terr (January) according the Ethiopian calendar. Timket celebrates Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River. Your maximum representation takes place in the town of Lalibela.
MESKEL (DISCOVERY OF THE CROSS)
Meskel begins September 27 and takes two days. The protagonist is the fire. The priests, ceremonial robes, blessed the fire. Festival coincides with the golden yellow flowers "Meskal Daisies"in the Amharic language Adab Adey. The flowers are a symbol of the arrival of a new year which begins after the rainy season.
It's called "Lidet" and is celebrated on January 7, is very different from our Christmas. The celebration is a procession in the evening, from temple to temple. Traditionally, young people play on that day, in the game called Genna, similar to our hockey
April 12. Orthodox Easter Monday. For 55 days before Easter, the Ethiopian Christian tradition, forbids the consumption of animal products. These products are meat, milk and eggs. The end of such devotion is celebrated with two days and a half of a colorful celebration.
Ethiopian New Year / Coptic New Year. Is celebrated the first day of the month Meskerem in the Ethiopian calendar, which is September 11 (September 12 leap years) in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Ehkutatash literally means gift of jewels. The date traditionally marks the end of the rainy season.
The year 2011 in the Gregorian calendar is the 2003 Ethiopian calendar
February 2. Feast of Sacrifice.
April 25. Coptic Friday
March 2. Battle of Adowa
14 November. End of Ramadan
RELIGIONS IN ETHIOPIA
According to the 1994 national census, Christians, Coptic, Ethiopian, representing 61.6% of the country's population, Muslims 32.8%, traditional beliefs 5.6% and 0.003% are Jews. The Kingdom of Aksum was one of the first nations to officially adopt Christianity, when St. Frumentius of Tyre converted the King Ezana, during the fourth century. Today, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the predominant religion.
We commented that the prices on these pages are for group travel, normally of 12, if the number is less, at this price you should add "increased by minimum group" that corresponds to the distribution of common costs (fuel, vehicles, guides, equipment, cook, others.). In the case of travel with a number of 2-4 people contact us to prepare a more economical budget.