Best seasons to Travel to Ethiopia
July 12, 2017
Whether you are up to outdoor adventure exploring sights, just want to lie on the lakes sands or you just want to hike on Africaís famous Ethiopian high rise mountains Jumia Travel experienced it all to guide you on the very best time to visit Ethiopia.
Undoubtedly Ethiopia is far from a place of basic but a place of extravaganza and exceptional destinations. Itís one of the few destinations in the globe that are full of open air museums with still undiscovered ancient wealth and globally treasured places. The best part of Ethiopia is the warming sunshine weather that runs all year around saving you from changing your visit due to weather constraints. In Ethiopia you just have to make time for the outdoor religious celebrations and carnivals dates. Enkutatash which literary means "a gift of jewel to your finger" marks the Ethiopian New Year every year on September 11th based on the Coptic calendar of Julian calculation. There is an eight-year gap between Ethiopian and that of the one adopted by the rest of the world which follows the Gregorian calendar. During enkutatash season, the sun comes out to shine all day long offering a dazzling bright warmth. The highlands and fields with the yellow daisies (adeyeababa) and lash grasses (ketema) turn to gold strewn green carpets creating an exciting paradise.
Following the Ethiopian New Year, there comes another colourful celebration known as Meskel. Itís a religious annual out door celebration and worship. The festival includes singing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire at the central location called Meskel Square in Addis Ababa. The eve of Meskel starts with countless people dressed in sparkling white clothing gathering at Meskel Square, to watch the ceremonial lighting of bonfire, pray and worship. Ethiopians from across the country and visitors from around the world carry yellow daisies, wooden crosses and wax candles as the pile of wood burns. Priests, worship teams and the public in ritual clothing sing around the bonfire. Smaller bonfires are also lit throughout the country in backyards and on street corners of villagers as they continue to celebrate throughout the night.
There is also not to be missed outdoor celebration during January Ethiopian Christmas known as gena itís one of the biggest festive seasons. Gena season is fabulous which is followed with an annual celebration and worship called timkat (Ethiopian Epiphany). Locals attend the ceremony dressed in crystal clear white yehbesha libse portraying a spectacle feature to the traditional celebration; and the best part of it is everyone is freely invited to the glamorous ceremony.
Being home to ten UNESCO registered natural heritages, Ethiopia provides all season adventure at it's immensely rewarding trekking routes and ancient churches and obelisks made out of a giant rock. The spectacular scenery of the mountains, particularly the Semien and Ras Dashen Mountains are rewarding trekking places. From ancient luxurious palaces to sky rise green mountains, Ethiopia offers a diversified and adventurous escapades which will never go out of season.
By Eden Sahle. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org