Great Ethiopian Run

The Great Ethiopian Run is an annual 10-kilometre road running event which takes place in late November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The competition was first envisioned by neighbors Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie,

Kullubi - Feast of St Gabriel, 28 December

Kulibi is a mountain located 70 kilometers east of Dire Dawa. It is the location of a major shrine to the Archangel Gabriel, and is a pilgrimage site for members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church and is credited with many miracles. Every year  end of July and more significantly in January, hundreds of thousands of the faithful travel to St. Gabriel of Kulibi to fulfill religious pledges made to the angel for the granting of prayers and miracles. The church was built by Ras Makonnen, father of Emperor Haile Selassie, in the early 1900s, and enlarged by the Emperor in the 1950s.

Axum Hidar Tsion

Hidar Tsion in Axum is a very colorful festival of the Orthodox adherents. As the day of Virgin Mary the festival is attended by tens of thousands of people from all over Ethiopia, making it one of the most joyous annual pilgrimages in Axum, the “sacred city of the Ethiopians.”

The Virgin Mary is one of the most venerated of all religious figures in Ethiopia. About  33 major days are annually dedicated to different celebrations in the commemoration of Mary “ Hidar Tsion” is associated with the presence of the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and belief that the Ark itself is a symbolism to her womb.

Sheikh Hussein

Sheikh Hussein is a village in south-eastern Ethiopia, located in the Bale Zone of the Oromia Region. The village is name after what, in Ethiopian Muslim eyes, is the most sacred place in that country: the tomb of the thirteenth century Sheikh Hussein, who introduced Islam to the Sidamo people living in the area at the time, and is said to have performed many miracles. A number of these miracles have been recorded in a hagiography published in Cairo in the 1920s, entitled Rabi` al-Qulub.