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Genna Ethiopian Christmas

Christmas (Genna) is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is a colorful festival celebrated by all Christian people in the country. The dancing of the priest with their great drums and prayer sticks by standing around the edge of the cliff surrounding the churches is so impressive, especially, at Lalibela.

The Ethiopian Christmas also called Lidet, is not the primary religious and secular festival that it has become in Western counties. Falling on 7th January, it is celebrated seriously by a church service that goes on throughout the night, with people moving from one church to another. Traditionally, young men played a game that is similar to hokey, called Genna, on this day and now Christmas has also come to be known by that name, Specially This celebration is unique to Lalibela

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