May 24, 2016
Orthodox Christians’ Celebration In Lalibela, Ethiopia
Excellent article, was a very good read. Thank you for posting it for the rest of us to get to learn from.
Photographer Filipe Bianchi is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his project ‘Meskel In Lalibela‘. To see Filipe’s gallery of projects click on any image.
Kissing the Lalibela Cross (Afro Ayigeba)
Taking a picture with the Lalibela Cross
Old traditional festivals tend to disappear or become tourist attractions, losing many of the original features. Meskel celebrations in Ethiopia still maintain most of its original features. Meskel celebrations in Lalibela are one of the most recognized and colorful religious festivals in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.
Elders waiting for the celebrations
Pilgrims arrive from every nearby village
The word ‘Meskel’ actually means ‘cross’ in Amharic and the feast commemorates the discovery by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
The Meskel celebrations include the burning of a large bonfire, based on the belief that Empress Helena had…
View original post 188 more words