Meskal festival in Ethiopia
Meskal festival – Discovery of the True Cross is a religious national holiday Ethiopian Orthodox Church which is celebrated on September 27
Meskal commemorates the discovery of the True Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified by the Empress Helena ( St. Helena ), mother of Constantine the Great in the 4th century . According to legend, the Empress Helena had a revelation in a dream. She sees that she has to make a bonfire and that the smoke can show him where the true cross was buried . So she ordered the people of Jerusalem to fetch wood and make a huge pile. After adding the incense , the fire was lit and the smoke rose high into the sky before returning to land exactly where the Cross had been buried.
The festival is known as the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the other Orthodox churches, Catholic or Protestant . The following Gregorian churches celebrate the annual festival on September 14 . The country celebrated Meskel , lighting a huge fire that represents the ” cross” called ” Demera ” in Amharic, decorated with daisies.
In each city, each village in every corner of Ethiopia, this is a unique opportunity for Ethiopians to come together in moments of great joy, singing and dancing .
Charcoal collected from the remains of the fire is then collected and used by the faithful to draw the shape of a cross on their foreheads .
According to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the reason for the festival in the calendar of the church, is to think that a portion of the true cross was reported in Ethiopia and is kept in précisieusement Amba Geshen mountains , which themselves have a cross shape.