In the fourth century, Queen Helena had a revelatory dream that the smoke of a bonfire would lead her to where the one true cross was buried. She ordered the people of Jerusalem to bring wood and build a large bonfire, or Demera and burn it with frankincense. The smoke rose and fell to the spot the cross was buried. Meskel is celebrated every year with a feast and burning of a Demera. Small yellow Meskel flowers decorate the ceremonies. The ash from the Demera is used to mark a cross on the foreheads of the Orthodox followers.
The International Community School Addis Ababa has a wonderful celebration every year that I was glad to participate in this year with Addie.
gorgeous traditional Ethiopian dresses (as well as gorgeous Habesha women)