Ethiopia: Oromos celebrate Irreecha festival
Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has extended his best wishes to all Ethiopians on the occasion of Irreechaa.
Irreechaa, a thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, will be celebrated in Addis Ababa tomorrow and in Bishoftu town on Sunday.
In his message of best wishes issued today the Prime Minister said that “Irreechaa is a celebration of thanksgiving, forgiveness, hope and unity.”
“Taking lesson from yesterday, let’s stand united to make tomorrow a better day,” he said.
The Oromo people celebrate Irreechaa to thank Waaqa (God) for the blessings and mercies they have received throughout the previous year.
This year’s festival will be celebrated with a limited number of people due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As part of the celebration, an Irreechaa peace forum was held in Addis Ababa today under the theme “Promoting Culture is Realizing Prosperity!”
Present at the event were Chief Administrator of Oromia regional state, Shimelis Abdissa, Aba Gadas, high-level government officials and scholars.
The event saw presentation of research papers on the cultural and societal values of Irreechaa celebrations