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Buhe celebration and songs

Ethiopian Christians commemorate the transfiguration of Jesus Christ at Mount Tabor by participating in a number of religious ceremonies and cultural celebrations known as Buhe Festival. The event is being celebrated in Debre Tabor Town, South Gondar Zone, at Ethiopia’s Mount Tabor in front of thousands of devoted followers, high-ranking government officials, artists, and visitors. Youths dress in vibrant clothing for the Buhe festival, which takes place on August 19. They go door to door while banging drums and singing traditional and religious songs, and in exchange, elders give them money and other presents. Since the event comes on one of the days of the fast of Saint Mary’s Assumption, Ethiopian customary fasting foods and beverages are provided at home. Jesus is transfigured and made brilliant in glory on a mountain during the event known as the Transfiguration of Jesus in the New Testament. Buhe is usually thought to be a festival for young boys. Boys spend about two days singing during this time. Boys build long, thick fiber whips that, in the past, have been able to be heard across entire valleys. On August 19, the Buhe Ethiopian Holiday, it is observed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The end of the rainy season is marked with Buhe. The traditional Buhe song known as HOYA HOYE is sung by a group of boys while each is clutching a long stick. Their song, which is dedicated to everyone in their community, is one of appreciation and thankfulness. In order to reward the singing lads, village women bake a unique loaf of bread called Mulmul. The boys will continue praising the village families’ labor, riches, and social standing after they have collected the bread.

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