Ethiopian New Year
September 24, 2013

Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash) was September 11, and the Ethiopia transition home celebrated the new year with the children. The custom is for the children to wear new clothes and the girls get their hair done. The cook also prepares traditional foods. Then the children sing songs for the staff and nannies about how the rainy days are gone and the sunny days have come.

EthiopiannewyearTraditionally in Ethiopia, young girls sing at the doorsteps of homes in their community and in appreciation the house owners offer a little token. This ritual is also imitated, as the girls sing throughout the transition home for staff and nannies, and collect tokens. Ethiopia staff then buy treats to be shared among all the children.

The children have lots of fun and really enjoy this special day of celebration. Picture blurred to protect privacy. See this post for other examples of traditional Ethiopian clothing. 

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