The Festival of Meskel on 27th September, is one of the biggest celebrations and public holidays in the Ethiopian calendar.

Wikipedia: “The Meskel celebration includes the burning of a large bonfire, or Demera, based on the belief that Queen Eleni had a revelation in a dream. She was told that she shall make a bonfire and that the smoke would show her where the true cross was buried. So she ordered the people of Jerusalem to bring wood and make a huge pile. After adding frankincense to it the bonfire was lit and the smoke rose high up to the sky and returned to the ground, exactly to the spot where the Cross had been buried.”

After a big party including the burning of the cross in Meskel Square in the centre of Gonder, we headed back to the Boys’ Home for food and festivities.

All the girls and boys were there and we had a fun afternoon, which included a drama from the boys and our version of Ethiopian Idol.