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Celebrities celebrating Ethiopian New Year

To commemorate the conclusion of the three-month rainy season, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, a subset of Christianity, and the wider population observe Enkutatash. In some places, the schedules for religious events start the night before Enkutatash and continue into the next morning. The principal religious ceremony is held in a church from the fourteenth century.

In the Gondar region of Ethiopia, in the city of Genet, Kidus Yohannes holds three days of worship. With uplifting processions, singing, and prayers, they ring in the New Year. The largest religious gathering takes place close to the country’s capital, Addis Abeba. The Raguel chapel on Entoto Mountain hosts the largest festival.

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