Last weekend we celebrated Meskel in Addis Ababa. Meskel is an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian holiday which celebrates the finding of the true cross.
On Meskel Eve, I went with a group of friend to Meske Square to celebrate with thousands of people. As the sun set (and after I fell in the mud – twice), the people in the square lit candles and held them aloft until they burned out. The sight was inspiring and beautiful.
The climax of the evening was when a large damara (sp?) was lit on fire by the church’s leaders.
It was an evening i will not forget.