Ethio media Daily Ethiopian news on abiy ahmed, tplf
Irreechaa, a thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people was colorfully and peacefully celebrated in Addis Ababa on Saturday with limited number of participants due to COVID-19.
The annual Irreecha festival of the Oromo people marks the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the harvest season.
The event brings hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country, and other nations and nationalities as well as visitors.
However, this year it was observed with limited number of audiences in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the capital. The event was celebrated colorfully with the participants dressing traditional attire and praising Waaqaa (God) with cultural chanting in the presence of Oromo traditional leaders, religious fathers, higher government officials and invited guests. The participants expressed their gratefulness to Waaqaa (God) and ask for Nagaa (Peace), by performing a ceremony that includes touching water with yellow flowers and grass. Participants approached by the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said despite the limited number of participants, they are happy to be part of the event. Mamo Abdi, from Borana Zone of Oromia Region said the Irreecha is the symbol of Oromo people that brings all together in unity, peace and love. We have to keep such important cultural heritage as it helps enhance the peace and unity of the country.