Meskel is held on September 27. Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Church, following Julian calendar, September 28 on leap years. This event in the third decade of the month September is annual. Help us
The Meskel festival is an annual Christian national holiday celebrated by the orthodox churches in Ethiopia. Meskel is a festival in celebration of Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, finding the true cross upon which Jesus was crucified. Mirrored in many ways by Ash Wednesday in the west, the festival competes for top billing and is considered the most important festival for the laity and ordained alike. The word “meskel” is from the Ge'ez language that translates to “cross.” So, the festival is basically a celebration of the cross.
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