Last year, I was wowed by the entire tradition of Meskel, the dancing, the chanting and the burning of the demera. I attended the celebration with Addie and my camera. This year, with Ashlynn and Arabella in tow as well, I had less opportunities for amazing photos but many more precious memories.
When everyone gathered to watch the burning of the demera, things got a little hairy for me. Arabella especially hates loud music or speaking over speaker systems, so when speakers were moved to within 5 feet of us and the huge raging fire burned and the wine blew ashes on us; I had a sobbing 4 year old and very concerned 2 year old. We all rushed up the hill away from the smoke and ashes which allowed us a moment to regroup and calm some fears.
Melkam Meskel Ethiopia!
|Addie and her best friend|
|St. Gabriel's choir|