The major religious
events in Ethiopia are mostly linked to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, whose
history goes back to the 3rd Century. Due to a strong faith, celebrations and
festivals play an important part in daily life. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church ceremonies
are unique and impressive, especially Timket, Genna and Meskel. During these
festivals, which are celebrated across the country, religious followers and
priests dress in traditional garb, and large amounts of food and drink are
almost always consumed.
The Islamic tradition
also celebrates religious festivals in the Ethiopian calendar, notably,
Muharram, Milad-an-Nabi and Eid-ul-Fitr.