In Ethiopia, Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January, and is a quiet time of sharing and celebrating in groups of friends and family. Ten-year-old Ermias explains happily, “Holidays mean so much to us. We cannot think of a Christmas without new clothes, and celebrations at school, church and home with our families and friends.”
Christmas is one of the most colourful holidays celebrated amongst Christians in Ethiopia. It is usually celebrated on 7 January, following the Julian calendar, and marks the end of the 40-day fasting period of Advent. The Ethiopian name for the celebration is 'Lidetu Le Egzane' or 'Ganna.'
Just like in the UK, children are usually the most excited about the holiday.