Tsehaye Debalkew, May 7 2016, D.C.
A-day-long annual event dubbed "Passport DC, Around the World Embassy" highlighting Ethiopian cultural and social extravaganza which attracted more than seven thousand residents of the Washington Metropolitan hub was colorfully held in the premises of the Chancery of the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington Dc. on Saturday May 7 2016.
The festival was accompanied by a colorful display of Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony, authentic and organic Ethiopian cuisine, raw and roasted Ethiopian coffee, and other cultural and modern Ethiopian beverages.
Ethiopian Honey Wine, accompanied by traditional songs and aesthetics, exemplifying the special Ethiopian blend of cuisine, music, art and culture gave the occasion an aura of festivity.
The open house program was also given an added color by the presentation by vendors of Ethiopian made Apparel Products, Traditional Costumes, Spices, Coffee Beans, Souvenirs, Artifacts & Hand woven bags designed by local Ethiopian seamstress, Ethiopian music CDs and DVDs, Children's books and other tools of learning and delicious Ethiopian cookies and pastries.
What gave a robust impetus to the celebration was the recorded ancient Ethiopian album. Cooking demonstration and Ethiopian .Coffee roasting and sample drinking were also included in the program. Some of the activities of the full day celebratory get- together that showcased that Ethiopia is a country with a wealth of cultural milieu and exotic fauna and flora were among those that captivated the audience.
The visitors who have been skyrocketing in number since the program was launched seven years ago were entertained by an array of other activities including a visit of the pictorial Art and historical exhibition and on screen displays depicting the rich and diverse historical, cultural, wildlife, and environmental heritage of Ethiopia with amicable people and the country's changing image into a booming 21st century nation.
On hand to welcome the touring visitors were the entire staff members of the Ethiopian Embassy who were adorned with varieties of traditional attires and cultural costumes.
More than Seventy Embassies and dozens of cultural institutions in the Washington Metro Area participate in the annual "Around the World Embassy Tour". The event takes place throughout the month of May signifying celebration of international culture in the nation's capital portraying an opportunity to travel the world without leaving DC. The cultural Tourism Extravaganza is a once in a year special event presented by cultural tourism D.C.