Ethiopia Family Day
May 22, 2013

 

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AW Staff with the pastor and his wife

 

Last Saturday, we had the pleasure of joining a local Ethiopian church to celebrate adoptive families and the Ethiopian culture. Families from as far as North Carolina and Pittsburgh came to Springfield, VA to fellowship together.

We enjoyed a delicious traditional meal consisting of Ethiopia's national dish, wat (a thick stew), injera (a thin, spongy bread used to pick up your food), and other dishes containing lentils, greens, beets, and more delicious flavors.

 

Meal
Traditional meal - very colorful

 

 

Injera
Injera

After the meal, the church put on a fashion show, with most of their members wearing traditional dress. Each outfit was explained, and features of the clothing were pointed out, such as the hand-embroidered crosses on many fabrics. We saw a large variety of clothing- casual, formal, for young and for old. 

 

 

Fashion
Beautiful traditional dresses

 

 

Colorful turban
Colorful head wrap

One of the most definitive parts of Ethiopian culture is the coffee ceremony. Ethiopia is believed to be the birthplace of coffee! Families, neighbors, and friends can spend hours together during the ceremony. Raw coffee beans are roasted, creating a delicious aroma, and then ground and boiled over water. 

 

 

Coffee ceremony
Let us have coffee!

 

There were also stations for learning how to write your name in Amharic, a hair braiding room, traditional Ethiopian games for the kids, crafts, and a mini museum of Ethiopian artifacts and items from the church member's homes. 

 

Flag
Colors of the Ethiopian flag

 

 

Hair braiding
The Ethiopian ladies braided the girls' hair and offered haircare tips

 

 

Games
Traditional game, similar to "human tug of war"

 

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Family 3

We are truly grateful to Grace Ethiopian Church and their kindness to our staff and each of the adoptive families that attended this wonderful event. 

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