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Gratitude Toward Waka

From early morning on Sunday last week, it seemed that all roads were leading to Bishoftu (Debrezeit). People from all over Oromia region were gathering there to celebrate Irrecha. Irrecha is one of the major traditional Oromo festivities observed annually with color and pomp at the end of the rainy season in September on the shores of  Lake Hora in Bishoftu. The festival is a thanksgiving ceremony to Waka (God) for the end of the rainy season and the dawning of Spring. This is a ritual in which the Oromo people perform some spiritual, social and cultural rites, including praying for peace, reconciling people and blessing one another.

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  1. Juru
    October 9, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Is it the same place where “The Emperor” used to make a trip every Friday or every other friday? There was a rumor back then in his trip to Bishoftu. Anyone knows?

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