Meskel (Finding of the True Cross of Jesus Christ) is celebrated throughout the country on September 28th every year. It is a very colorful gathering where huge Bonfires are built. On the top of the Bonfires, a cross is built and decorated with flowers. After the Bonfires are blessed, they are lit and Orthodox singing with drums being beat by deacons ensues around the fire.  With thousands of attendees who bring their own wax candles, the sea of light with the big bonfire brings a festive feeling to any attendee. It is best to experience Meskel in Addis Ababa, Gondar, Aksum.

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