Demera: the Building of huge Bonfire

Kassa Nigus - Mahibere Kidusan- September 2016 The term Demera is coined from Ge’ez verb to mean ‘unity, gathering...’ to describe the collection of woods to make bonfire. Community elders come to the arena, called Meskel Square holding of single woods to build Demera bonfire on the eve of Meskel (Finding of the True Cross). However, through ...

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians Celebrate Meskel Feast

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OCP News Service - 27/9/15 Report by - Mentu Desta Asrat Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrated the great and holy feast of the finding of true cross at Meskel Square in the Captial City of Addis Ababa. The holy event was blessed by His Holiness Abune Mathias - Patriarch of Ethiopia in the divine presence of His ...

Ethiopia Celebrates Meskel, A Christian Holiday All Its Own, With Yellow Flowers And Blazing Bonfires

Orthodox Christian Ethiopians gather at Estifanos Church in Addis Ababa to mark the religious holiday Meskel on Sept. 27, 2013.  IBTimes/Jacey Fortin

      Jacey Fortin-27/9/13 A massive bonfire blazed in the central square of Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, on Thursday night. But by Friday morning, the mess had been swept away, leaving nothing but a giant spot of soot on the asphalt. Thousands of people had flocked to the arena, called Meskel Square, to watch the ceremonial lighting of ...