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Ethiopian Update – should we visit Ethiopia at this time

Many of our clients are asking if they should visit Ethiopia at this time, and what is happening in the country? Some facts: The Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency on 8th October as a response to a surge in violence across certain parts of the Oromo region. The violence itself was a response to […]

Melcam Meskal

Today is the eve of Meskal, and Addis Ababa has bonfires growing on street corners and roundabouts all over the city, with long bundles of sticks, huge bunches of bright yellow Meskal daisies and of bright green grass for sale. The Meskal daisy is the image most associated with the holiday, as it grows wild […]

Eid Mubarek

  Today is Eid Al Adha, the festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Ibrahim/Abraham’s willingness to Sacrifice his son. It marks the end of the Hadj (the annual pilgrimage to Mecca). http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37331826 This year it comes one day after the New Year holiday in Ethiopia. There is a long tradition of intermingling of the faiths in Ethiopia. […]

Diary version of calendar out now

The Tesfa Calendar is now available in diary version, sized at 20x14cm  it will fit nicely in your bag. Never be without the details of the Ethiopian date, up coming saints days & fasts, and Ethiopian holidays. Note your appointments on the month, and use the note sheet for each month to add more details. Illustrated with […]

2009 Tesfa Calendar Available (Sep16-Aug17)

Tesfa Calendars are coming off the press now. Stunning photos from the community treks. Ethiopia dates and holidays set on a western calendar Fasts and festivals shown clearly. A must have to anyone living in Ethiopia or planning a visit. Email calendars@tesfatours.com to reserve your copy.   Wall hanging calendars 200 birr each, note book […]

Ramadan starts

Ramadan seems likely to technically start tonight at sunset – with the fasting beginning tomorrow (Mon 6th June) and lasting for a lunar month (however dates are taken from the sighting of the moon, so may vary). Eid al Fitr marks the end of the fast – expected to be on 5th July – with […]