Meskel celebration in Gurage with Jossi

Meskel is the main event that gathers loved ones together to celebrate, and celebrations can last up to two weeks in Gurage communities. The people of Gurage are highly recognised in Ethiopia for their diligence and active involvement in trade. The majority, however, return to the villages for Meskel’s much-anticipated rendition of their beloved Kitfo: raw, delicate beef that has been finely minced and served with lots of flavour. This is accompanied by “Kocho,” a kind of fake banana pancake. Eaten using an ox horn spoon, meals are presented on a leaf that has been cut into various shapes. Then there is Tej, a honey wine made in the area. Following supper, a lot of beverages, and an Ethiopian coffee ritual, the villages are illuminated.

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