As of my last update in September 2021, St. Gebriel (also spelled as St. Gabriel) is an important figure in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. The celebration of St. Gebriel’s day, also known as the Feast of St. Gabriel, takes place on December 19th of the Ethiopian calendar (which corresponds to December 28th of the Gregorian calendar).
During the celebration of St. Gebriel’s day in Ethiopia, adherents participate in religious activities and festivities to honor the archangel Gabriel. Some of the common ways the day is celebrated include:
- Church Services: Ethiopian Orthodox Christians attend special church services dedicated to St. Gebriel. These services typically include prayers, hymns, and readings from the scriptures related to the archangel Gabriel.
- Pilgrimage: Devotees may embark on pilgrimages to churches or monasteries that are dedicated to St. Gebriel. One such significant pilgrimage site is the Debre Sina Monastery in northern Ethiopia.
- Fasting and Prayer: As with other important religious occasions in Ethiopian Orthodoxy, fasting is an integral part of the celebration. Believers may observe a period of fasting before the feast day, abstaining from certain foods to prepare spiritually.
- Feasting: After the fasting period, a celebratory feast takes place. Families and communities come together to share special meals and celebrate the occasion with joy.
- Cultural Performances: In some regions, there might be cultural performances, traditional dances, and music as part of the festivities.
- Acts of Charity: St. Gebriel’s day is also an opportunity for acts of charity and kindness. People may offer donations to the church or give to those in need as a way of demonstrating their compassion and generosity.
It’s important to note that the specific customs and traditions associated with St. Gebriel’s day may vary across different regions of Ethiopia. Moreover, since my knowledge is up to September 2021, there might have been additional developments or changes in how the celebration is observed since then. To get the most accurate and up-to-date information about the current celebrations, it’s best to consult local sources or individuals familiar with Ethiopian Orthodox traditions.