Festivals & Events
Irreecha is a distinctive thanks giving ceremony in Oromo traditional culture – the Oromo constituting Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group – to give thanks to Waaqa, the creator of all things for the blessings and mercies they have received throughout the previous year, and to pray for Nagaa (peace) and Araara (reconciliation) among humans and with God.
The festival is celebrated every year at the beginning of Birraa (Spring), the new season after the dark and rainy winter season, at sacred lakes across Oromia and particularly at Hora Harsadi, Bishoftu, 45 kms south of Addis Ababa. The name Irreechaa itself indicates ‘green and fresh grass’.
More than a million people have attended Irreechaa in Bishoftu in recent years, and it makes for a fascinating and colourful carnival, with a wonderful atmosphere, with men and women dressed in their traditional clothes dancing and singing.
This year Irreecha Celebration will held on 03 October in Addis Ababa and 04 Bishoftu.
We can integrate this festival into a longer tour, whether history and culture, with a visit to the Rift Valley lakes further south, or to Awash National Park, the Omo valley, bird watching, trekking and other activities.
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