Genna Festival, Ethiopian Christmas
Gena, Ethiopian Christmas
Genna Festival is celebrated on every 05- 08 January after a 40 days fasting among Orthodox Christians. On the eve of Christmas or “Genna” as Ethiopians refer to it, people gather in churches to pray in mass that lasts about 3 hours.
The clergies, Priests, Bishop & people lift their voice in hymns and chant just as it has been practiced since 4th century on which Ethiopia (Habesha, Abyssinia) has been accepted Christianity as official religion of the country.
After mass praying, the fast will be broken, and then all classes of people disperse to their homes. Food and drink will be in abundance at these times. Relatives will have a chance to meet and share life and experience. This festival is more traditional in Lalibela.
Travel to Ethiopia for Ethiopian Christmas, Historic Routes and Simien Mountains
Program: Christmas (Genna)
Tour ode: Gena 04
Duration: 10 Nights (11 Days)
Period: in every January
Day1: Arrive to Addis. Overnight – hotel
Day 2: City Tour of Addis Ababa. Overnight – hotel
Day 3: Fly to Bahir Dar for Blue Nile Falls & Monasteries on Lake Tana .Overnight – hotel
Day4: Fly to Gondar for Castles. Overnight – hotel
Day5: Excursion to the Semien Mountains .Overnight – hotel
Day6: fly to Axum and visit all sites in Axum. Overnight – hotel
Day7: fly to Lalibela and visit Churches of Lalibela. Overnight – hotel
Day8: Christmas (Genna). Overnight – hotel
Day9: Fly back to Addis and fly to Dire Dawa then drive to Harar. Overnight – hotel
Day10: Drive to Dire Dawa and fly to Addis Ababa. Overnight – hotel
Day 11: departure
Notice: This itinerary can be amended upon request