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Ashenda 2014!

The girls will find you…it’s only a matter of time.  Every spring groups of girls get together and beautify themselves with new dresses, fancy hairdos, and jewelry.  Then they take to the streets with a hand drum for three crazy days looking … Continue reading

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Peeps Corps Peepiopia! (Happy Easter)

Happy Easter everyone!  In order to celebrate this Easter holiday, my friends and fellow Ethiopia Peace Corps Volunteers Mary Gaul and Breanne Lott made some awesome ‘peep show’ dioramas for the Washington Post’s Peep contest.  The results are amazing and … Continue reading

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Meskel: Burning the Cross

Every year on September 27th, Orthodox Christians in Abi Adi burn a wooden cross to celebrate the finding of Jesus’ true cross.  Rumor has it that the Empress Helena found the cross upon which Jesus was crucified on this day … Continue reading

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The Ashenda Holiday

Three days of women!  Ashenda is a holiday celebrating women here in Northern Ethiopia mostly in the Tigray region.  It corresponds to the end of a two week fasting period for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians commemorating the Virgin Mary, but the … Continue reading

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