Celebration in Oromo

NEWS: Oromo celebrates thanksgiving holiday in Ethiopia

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:21 am

Oromo ethnic humans in Ethiopia on Saturday celebrated Irreecha, or thanksgiving holiday, in the country’s capital.

Thousands of Oromo people, clad in colourful traditional clothes, had been considered flocking to the capital’s downtown as part of a procession to thank the God.

Irreecha is celebrated yearly in Ethiopia around quit of September to mark the stop of the rainy months of June, July and August and the onset of harvesting season.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who hails from the Oromo ethnic group, stated Irreecha is a occasion that points peace, solidarity and life.

The celebration, however, saw an awful lot lesser turnout of human beings due to the coronavirus fears.

There was once heavy security presence in the capital city after the police in Oromia Region said they detained extra than five hundred folks on suspicion of things to do to disturb the rituals.

In 2016, following a year of anti-government protests, safety forces shot tear gas and discharged firearms as crowds gathered for the Irreecha festival, sparking a stampede that left maybe hundreds dead, in accordance to Human Rights Watch.