Meskel Ceremony In Lalibela ( Meskel , Meskel , Maskal , Mescel , Mesquel ) , Wh ...
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Description: Meskel ceremony in Lalibela ( Meskel , Meskel , Maskal , Mescel , Mesquel ) , which is taking place every September . For Meskel many pilgrims are coming to lalibela , to celebrate it at one of the holy palces in Ethiopia . Visitors attending the celebration . Meskel is one of the important religious holidays of the Ethiopian orthodox church . It is commemorating the finding of the true cross by the queen and saint Helena ( eleni ) in the year 326 . It is said that Helena had a revelation during a dream how she can find the true cross . She should make a fire and the smoke will show her the place , where she will find the cross . Each year this is celebrated by having a huge bonfire called Demera . The origins of this celebrations very likely date back to pre – Christian rites , which celebrate the end of the rainy season Africa , East Africa , Ethiopia , Lalibela , September 2010
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