Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

written by Karoki Lewis
updated 12/11/2021
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Celebrate Ethopian Christmas in January. Ethiopia is East African and a Christian country, yet it marks Christmas on 7th January. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Ethiopia your essential guide for visiting Ethiopia .

Celebrate Ethiopian Christmas

Visit Lalibela in January. One of Ethiopia's holiest sites, it attracts vast gatherings of pilgrims at Christmas. And celebrations are focused around 11 rock-hewn 13th century churches which were built under the rule of King Lalibela of the Zagwe Dynasty and now have World Heritage status.

The enormous crowds celebrate all night long with chanting, singing and prayers, an evocative sight captured in images by photographer Karoki Lewis. If you want to witness this Ethiopian Christmas tradition yourself, stay at Ben Abeba Lodge & Tukul in Lalibela.

Pilgrims carry candles during Ethiopian Christmas celebrations © Karoki Lewis

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