As everyone living in Addis knows, now is the wedding season. From the end Timkat (marking the end of the harvest time) until the Lentan fast begins is the peak time to get married In Addis Ababa on weekends cavalcade after cavalcade goes past with ribbons decorating the cars and horns beeping in celebration. In the countryside the wedding looks quite different – take away the decorated cars and replace with decorated horses, colourful pompoms handing from the bridal and saddle. The hooting is replaced with horns, and instead of banqueting in a hotel hall, shelters from the sun are fashioned with branches and leaves.
Any guests walking the rough the area will be invited to join in,something that adds to the occasion of the wedding. In many areas wedding will be held on the non fasting days of the week, especially Tuesdays and Thursdays (Wednesdays and Fridays being fasting days) as Saturdays and Sundays are days for the church (The Judaic Sabeth and Sunday). So if you want to experience something very special, how about visiting the community guest houses on a Tesfa trek before the 24th February (the start of the Lentan Fast)?