Join us on an Ethiopian Historical Tour, which will feature the 2019 Meskel Festival. Explore Ethiopia’s intriguing history by seeing historic towns, scenic hinterlands, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the rock-hewn cathedrals of Lalibela. The primary Meskel festival includes the lighting of a massive bonfire, known as the Demera, in Addis Abeba’s Meskel Square.
This narrative is based on a revelation by the mother of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman Emperor, which revealed the exact position of the True Cross. The ancient holiday, which goes back 1,600 years, is commemorated with massive nightly bonfires attended by big, orderly but boisterous torch-carrying hordes of people followed by ornately robed priests bearing silver Coptic crosses.
The flowering of the cross-shaped Meskel daisies also marks the end of the 3-month long rainy season and the return of the sun. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed!