An Open House Event of Socio-Cultural
Staged at the Chancery of the
/Tsehaye Debalkew , May, 3, 2014, Washington
A-day-long annual event dubbed "Passport DC, Around
the World Embassy" highlighting Ethiopian cultural and social extravaganza
which attracted more than five thousand residents of the Washington DC
Metropolitan hub was colorfully held in the premises of the Chancery of the
Ethiopian Embassy in Washington Dc. opening its doors between 10. 00 AM- 4 00
PM today, May 3, 2014.
The festival was
accompanied by a colorful display of Ethiopian traditional music ceremony,
authentic and organic Ethiopian cuisine. Ethiopian unique photograph exhibition,
accompanied by traditional songs and aesthetics, exemplifying the special
Ethiopian blend of cuisine, music, art and culture gave the occasion an aura of
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 and travel and tourist attraction infotainment pieces compiled in
that included modern and traditional music D.J. gave a robust impetus to the
celebration with recorded ancient Ethiopian album. The occasion showcased that
Ethiopia is a country with a wealth of cultural milieu and exotic fauna and
The visitors who
have been skyrocketing in numbers since the program was launched five 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.
A slide and film
presentation also brought to light the current multi-faceted endeavor
demonstrating the strides being registered through the Growth and
Transformation Plan presently in full gear and the overall impressive results
attained in good governance, democracy, justice and peace.
Wahide Belay, Chief of Public Diplomacy of the Ethiopian
Mission in DC. welcomed the touring visitors, by saying that Ethiopia endowed
with a wealth of natural attractions coupled with a mix of its people and
cultures has a lot to offer to the global community. In this regard he cited
Ethiopia's unique potential for archeological and religious tourism, birds
watching, water sports, desert trekking, mountain hiking, camping, ecotourism
and the booming conference tourism.
He added that it
is a land of the legendary Queen of Sheba, home to the biblical Ark of the
Covenant, the source of the Blue Nile/ the mighty and tumultuous African
river/, and the birth place of coffee-Ethiopia's gift to the world.
to contemporary Ethiopia, the Public Diplomacy Head of the Embassy apprised the
audience that Ethiopia has opened a new chapter in its history and the world is
witnessing that we are both a nation with solid history and an impeccable
tradition with a rising economy setting a new standard for Africa.
The Head of Public Department of the Embassy acknowledged
the organizers and representatives from the Cultural Tourism DC. and Passport,
DC., Mama Fresh/ who freely provided the delicious Ethiopian cuisine, Soom
Foods for the tasty Sesame Tahini, Abshiro Kids and Info Addis Publishing and
others who made a passionate participation towards the happy end.
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.