The people of Ethiopia wear many different types of clothing. Highlanders use heavy cloth capes and wraparound blankets to combat the night chill. In the heart of the lowland plains, light cotton clothes are all that is required by men and women alike. The traditional cloth of Christian highland peasantry has traditionally been of white cotton cloth; men have worn long, Jodhpur like trousers, a tight – fitting shirt and a Shamma (loose wrap).

The Muslims of Harar, by contrast, wear very colorful dress, the men in shortish trousers and a colored wrap and the women in fine dresses of red, purple and black. The lowland Somali and Afar wear long, brightly colored cotton warps and the Oromo and Bale people are to be seen in the bead decorated leather garments. National dress is usually worm on festivals, when streets and meeting places are transformed into a sea of white, as finely woven cotton dresses, wraps decorated with colored woven borders, and suits are donned.

Tribes Of The Omo Vally

The lower Omo is home to a remarkable mix of small, Contrasting ethnic groups including the Burne but not limited to the Karo, Geleb, Bodi, Mursi, Surma, Arbore, and the Hamer,

Donga - Stick fighting of the Surma people

Dongaa is a stick fighting festival of the Surma young man.

At a fight, each contestant is armed with a hardwood pole about six feet long with a weight of just under two pounds. In the attacking position, this pole is gripped at its base with both hands, the left above the right in order to give maximum swing and leverage. Each player beats his opponent with his stick as many times as possible with the intention of knocking him down,

Bull Jumping

The Hamer, Tsemay, Banna and Besada people share traditions and rituals. One of the most important one from these traditions is the so-called 'jumping over the bull'. If a young man wants to marry the girl of his choice he will have to jump over bulls picked by the girl's family. They have to run over the backs of about ten cattles standing side by side - four times, falling not allowed.

Tribal Markets

The different tribes in the country have a weekly market to buy and sell their produces. In every market are colorful events. The market places turn into lively places, attracting people from all around the region. The markets are exciting too and you may have the opportunity to buy some of the tribal regalia and artifacts.