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Happy Ethiopian Christmas

We are celebrating Ethiopian Christmas today.  In Ethiopia, Christmas is a much more Spiritual Day than here.  There are no presents and it involves fasting and feasting, focusing on the birth of Jesus.

We made homemade Injera, Doro Wat and Berbere.

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Poppy helping with the Berbere

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መዲናና ዘለሰኛ


“While the rest of the world has already celebrated Christmas and the New Year, Ethiopian Christians are still warming up to celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. Christians in Ethiopia celebrate Christmas Day on January 7. This date works to the Julian calendar that pre-dates the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly observed. The Ethiopian name given to Christmas is Genna which, according to elders, comes from the word Gennana, meaning “imminent” to express the coming of the Lord and the freeing of mankind from sin. Christmas (Gena) is celebrated in a quite different atmosphere as there is no “Santa” or exaggerated gift exchange. Gena, is just the feast to commemorate the reality that our Lord was born.

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  • Olesya January 7, 2017, 11:27 am

    In Russia we celebrate Chriatmas on January 7 too!

  • Agnes January 9, 2017, 7:23 am

    Yummy! 🙂
    What kind of grain did you use for injera? I am curious because I eat gluten-free.
    Poppy is a beaming beauty 🙂

  • Crystal January 9, 2017, 2:31 pm

    She really should be a spokesmodel for Ethiopian-Americans! So beautiful!

  • Anfisa January 10, 2017, 9:05 am