Ethiopian artists celebrating Buhe


Ethiopian artists celebrating Buhe. Buhe is a feast day observed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church on 19 August (13 Nahase in the Ethiopian calendar). On this date, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor.


Observations include people of the neighborhood tying a bundle of sticks together to make a chibi, and setting it on fire while singing songs. The main song is called "Hoya Hoye" with one singer singing while the others follow rhythmically. 


It involves young boys singing songs of praise outside of people's homes, in exchange for fresh bread called mulmul. The boys then bless the family of the home for the following year. 


To Awet, Ashenda represents more than just a festive occasion—it symbolizes women’s freedom and independence, a day where they can celebrate without constraints. For her, it is a manifestation of Maryam’s glory, a moment to honor the strength and resilience of women.


However, Awet harbors concerns about the preservation of these cherished traditions. She believes that the so-called modernization is gradually eroding their cultural heritage.


In the past, the celebration of Ashenda was tailored to women’s ages and experiences. Mothers who gave birth separately were celebrated in their distinct way, while older mothers had their unique festivities. But now, everyone is celebrated together, losing the nuance and depth of the traditional practices, according to Awet.

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