Ministry of Tourism announced that Gena/Ethiopian Christmas will be nationally celebrated in Lalibela on Jan 7.

January 5, 2022

Gena is a religious occasion with its traditions and doesn’t consist of gift-giving. Instead, it focuses on ritual and ceremony. The main activities partake in and around Ethiopian Orthodox churches, with people participating in processions and unique services.

The Ethiopian Christmas, Gena, celebrated in the historic town of Lalibela, a world heritage site, is hoped to attract several people. The Ministry completed preparations by teaming up with the Amhara Region Administration, Monastery of Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches & local administrative bodies to celebrate the joyous holiday.

The celebration is aimed at Diasporas & foreigners to stimulate and boost the country’s tourism industry. Senior officials, archbishops, public figures, Ethiopian Diasporas, & tourists are expected to attend the occasion.

Christmas in Ethiopia is an important holiday where visitors get insight into the religious traditions and culture of the African nation. The holiday comes 12 days before the Timket festival, another important holiday. Travelers with an Ethiopian eVisa can spend up to 90 days in Ethiopia and can enjoy both on one trip.

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