BY ABDUREZAK MOHAMMED
ADDIS ABABA – Youths who made their way to Jan Meda in Addis to celebrate the eve of Timket, Ketera, yesterday heeds to the call made by the church in promoting the age-old Ethiopian culture while complying with COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Speaking to The Ethiopian Herald, Emebet Tamru, one of the participants of the festival said that for the past three months, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church has been calling the followers to celebrate the Timket festival peacefully.
She further noted that the Church has also repeatedly called on the youths to wear traditional attires with religious messages that promote the cultures of Ethiopians, the age-old coexistence of Ethiopians, and other related issues.
“As we all have seen during the eve of the festival (Ketera), youths have responded positively to the call of the Church and promoted the age-old culture Ethiopians while protecting themselves from the pandemic” she indicated.
The youths are cooperating with the security forces to make the
event a peaceful one; she said adding that the youths should be commended for
their good deeds and expressed hope that this would also continue today.
For his part, Medalu Birhanu told The Ethiopian Herald that youths are playing an important role in promoting the national values in their clothing.
In addition to its religious significance, as the Timket festival is our national treasure registered in the UNESCO world heritage list, it is good and encouraging that the messages conveyed during the celebration take this into account.
The Ethiopian Herald learnt that yesterday’s Ketera festival was adorned by youths who dressed up with clothes emblazoned with images of ancient monasteries and churches, as well as messages that promote co-existence and peace.
The Ethiopian Herald 19 January 2021