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Lidet

Ethiopian Christmas

Christmas is so special nowadays at Lalibela

Lidet falls on December 29th on the Ethiopian calendar (January 7th on the Gregorian calendar). It is celebrated after fasting with a spectacular procession, church service that goes on throughout the whole night. Nowadays it is celebrated with unique ceremony in Lalibela where the clergy commemorates miraculous events which occurred during the birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem. 

The half of priest perform the hymen at the cliff and the remaining half at the bottom which symbolizes the Angels at the cliff (top) and those at the bottom represent the herds. Traditionally, young men played a game similar to hockey, called genna, on this day, and now Christmas has also come to be known by that name. Christmas is so special nowadays at Lalibela.

Christmas eve at Bete Mariam Lalibela.

In advance of the three-day celebration, tens of thousands pilgrims gather, camping in the hills around the town and its famous rock-hewn churches.

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