In the great easternmost extension of African land, the landlocked country of Ethiopia is surrounded to the north by Eritrea, the northeast by Djibouti, to the east by Somaliland and Somalia, to the south by Kenya, to the west by South Sudan and to the northwest by Sudan. The country is noted for its native species and tropical forest due to its wide range of altitude making the country ecologically distinct specifically the city of Addis Ababa, who gained popularity due to being one of the top tourist destinations in the country. A very intriguing country with so much to see and explore. Its endemic wildlife variety will capture your heart to be thankful and aware that such animals could be living in the whole world as our companions. The friendly Ethiopians will surely make your visit to their country full of adventures, excitements and lasting memories to create forever.
1. Protected WildlifeThe glorious thick forest, sun rays shining brightly to enhanced the vibrant green colors of trees and plants coupled with birds chirping and the beautiful relaxing sounds of nature make Ethiopia home to the 31 native species of mammals and the center of the world’s avian diversity. The astonishing geography and its intriguing variety of species make Ethiopia one of the best places to learn and give importance to the wonderful creations of the world. You may have a glimpse to the world’s rarest animals like the African Wild Dog, Gelada Monkeys, Hyena, Walia Ibex, and the Ethiopian wolves. To avoid these animals being endangered local park authorities created policies to protects these animals by making sure that their natural home is protected at the most.
2. Additional Days For the Whole YearAdmit it. We all have that feeling that we wish to extend the days in the calendar for the whole year. In Ethiopia, they primarily used the Eritrean calendar. It is a solar calendar that was derived from the Egyptian calendar. This is a 13-month calendar and its last month is called the ‘Pagume’, which consists of only five or six days whereas the 12 months consists of 30 days. This might be enough to fully savor the month before welcoming the new year. Today, the Ethiopian calendar is very much used in the country especially in keeping track of special occassions and traditional festivals of the country like the Meskal Festival in September.
3. A Time to Discover Meskal FestivalA two-day event called the “Meskal Festival” is one of the major Ethiopian Orthodox Festival. This is gracefully celebrated annually on the 26th of September on the Meskel Square found in the center of Addis Ababa. The Ethiopians are very much excited to see the lightning of bonfire in the center of the square, which is topped by a cross and flowers, as it signifies the efforts of St Helena’s to find the cross in Jerusalem. As the Ethiopians go around the bonfire, they gracefully dance and sing believing that this act will help point the burnings of the wood in the right direction for a prosperous and plentiful harvest all throughout the year. During “Demera” or the second day of the festival, the Ethiopian marks their foreheads with a cross using the ashes from the bonfire. This day is a wonderful time to taste their gastronomic offers and socialized with the Ethiopians.
4. Africa’s Fourth-Largest CityIn the Ethiopian Semitic language, Addis Ababa means “new flower”. The beauty and splendor of this city paved the way for many local and foreign visitors to travel and explore the many wonders of Ethiopia. You can go around the city by tram or the Addis Ababa’s light rail transport system, minibus or taxis. Beautiful enchanted cathedral church buildings, peaceful and serene mosques, archaeological museums are one of the must-see places in the city. As you consume the wonders of its surroundings, you will see how lively the city for the country’s native dishes and shopping places. Numerous activities things to do and unlimited gastronomic adventures will set you free for a while from your diet plans and just savor the precious city offers.
5. Ethiopian Women’s ScarfWearing a scarf helps to warm the neck and shoulders. In Ethiopia, aside from its marvelous health benefits, these scarves are commonly worn by women to show their status and their distinct cultural tradition. For everyday wear, the netella should cover the back and shoulders and the border is folded up to the right shoulder. In attending church. The two layers of netella are opened and the border goes over both shoulders. If the woman is mourning, the netella is worn by covering the face and shoulders. During the happy days or leisure days, the border goes over to the left shoulder. Those are just some of the ways the netella scarf is worn and give importance to the welfare of the Ethiopian women.
6. Precious HandicraftsHandicrafts in Ethiopia are the best way to take home some of the precious things you’ll find in the country. Their local handicrafts are produced in good quality unique products that will make your heart melt and take the chance to buy it as a reminder of good and fun memories. These are beautiful woven scarves to pair with the artistic clothing originally made in Ethiopia plus Ethiopian pieces of jewelry to accessorize your full outfit. There are also tablecloths, postcards, fine yarns, traditional baskets, handmade glazed potteries, and useful leather products. The beauty and elegance of these handmade products are hard to resists as it also helps the livelihood of the artisans of Ethiopia. It’s also made conveniently easy to as these items can be purchased using credit cards.