Faith and Fire: Ethiopia’s Meskel Festival

Today, I was invited to a celebration of the Ethiopian Orthodox festival of Meskel, with members of the Ethiopian ex-pat community here in Vancouver. Click on images to view in full resolution.



Viewing the past through the eyes of the future; a young boy records the festivities on his tablet.





A burning beat. According to the beliefs of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the bonfire represents the fire lit by Queen Helena in the 4th century; the smoke from which she followed to find the burial place of the cross used to crucify Jesus.






3 thoughts on “Faith and Fire: Ethiopia’s Meskel Festival”

  1. Many thanks for sharing with us the beautiful images from the Meskel
    Festival. Good to see that the fire Queen Helena lit is still burning 1,500 years later. The Sligo folks.

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