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This is how we dressed up for Irreecha celebration

Rreecha, also known as Irreessa or Dhibaayyuu, is an Ethiopian Thanksgiving holiday marking the end of the winter. The Oromo people observe Irreecha to express gratitude to Waaqa (God) for his mercies and blessings throughout the previous year. Every year, at the start of Birraa (Spring), the new season that follows the gloomy and wet winter, the Irreecha festival is held. There are tens of thousands of attendees. The festival of thanksgiving is observed at revered lakes all over Oromia, including Hora Harsadi, Bishoftu, Oromia. Visitors to the festival immerse themselves in water, sprinkle themselves with freshly cut green grass and the flowers they are carrying once they reach the lake. For the first time in 150 years, the festival was observed in 2019 in Addis Abeba, the capital of both Oromia and the country. Irreecha was then observed in Bishoftu. Due to political unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, only 5,000 people attended the 2020 Irreecha in Addis Abeba. Irreecha is also observed in places where Oromos from the diaspora reside, particularly in North America and Europe. The Oromo people’s Irrecha festival was widely perceived as a festival of hardship during the months of June and September. However, the numbers are not as great as they are today. The Oromo people also view the winter rainy season, which lasts from June to September, as a difficult time for communication with loved ones and friends due to heavy rain that could swell rivers and cause floods that could drown livestock, crops, and homes. Additionally, during winter rain, family relationships will suffer because members cannot visit one another due to swollen rivers. Additionally, because the new harvest is not yet ripe and the January harvest is running low, winter may be a time of hunger for some people.

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