Christmas Traditions in Ethiopia

Christmas in Ethiopia is celebrated much the same as it is in the United States. There are some differences that we will show below. One major difference is that Christmas actually falls on January 7th because they are mostly Orthodox. Here is how the country celebrates.

Food – Wat is a stew that contains meat and vegetables and is eaten during the season.

Christmas Eve – Many people dress in white and attend church services that start very early in the morning, as early as 4 AM.

Traditions – Christmas is celebrated on January 7th, as is common in the Orthodox rite. In the church, the choir walks in robes with candles. It is believed that one of the wise men who visited Jesus came from Ethiopia.

Santa – Santa is called Yágena Abãt, which means Christmas Father.


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