Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde on Thursday commended the progress of Ethiopia's Chinese-built landmark recreational avenue located at the heart of the east African country's capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde 3rd L addresses an event that witnesses a major milestone of the landmark recreational avenue, dubbed Friendship Square, in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on Sept. Photo taken on Sept. Ethiopian president commends landmark Chinese-built avenue. Speaking during an event that witnessed a major milestone of the landmark recreational avenue, dubbed Friendship Square, which is part of the grand Beautifying Sheger Project in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian president said the project has been built in a way that fits Addis Ababa's reputation as the political capital of Africa. The project is 32 hectares of the first phase. This public recreational place matches Addis Ababa's reputation as Africa's capital. This and many other things done will undoubtedly increase the stature of the city," said Zewde.
Is Ethiopian New Year a Public Holiday?
Pop stars in Ethiopia have been belting out tunes marking a victory in what is seen as a battle with Egypt over who has rights to the waters of the River Nile. In June, Ethiopia began filing the mega dam it has been built on the Blue Nile - which could have repercussions for countries downstream. Ethiopians have been celebrating online using the hashtag itsmydam. This has not helped smooth tensions as talks resume between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan about how the dam is to be operated and how much water will be released in future. Ethiopia's biggest pop star Teddy Afro has released a song seen as a warning to Egypt that it should learn to share the waters of the River Nile. It wants a deal to endorse what it sees as its established rights to 55bcm of water from the Nile a year, but Ethiopia has refused to commit to releasing a specific annual amount from the dam. Many Ethiopians see Cairo's position as an attempt to maintain colonial-era agreements, to which Ethiopia was not party, and prevent it from using its own natural resources. Teddy Afro's song is a fusion of reggae and a traditional battle song in Amharic, Ethiopia's most widely spoken language. But he clearly wants his message to get across to the wider world as he has posted translations of the lyrics in English, French and Arabic on his Facebook page.
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It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar , which is 11 September or, during a leap year , 12 September according to the Gregorian calendar. The date marks the approximate end of the "rainy season". It has also been associated traditionally with the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia following her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem in ca. Large celebrations are held around the country, notably at the Ragual Church on Entoto mountain. According to InCultureParent, "after attending church in the morning, families gather to share a traditional meal of injera flat bread and wat stew. Later in the day, young girls donning new clothes, gather daisies and present friends with a bouquet, singing New Year's songs. Modern Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging formal new year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated — in lieu of the traditional bouquet of flowers. The Ethiopian counting of years begins in the year 8 of the common era.
Break it off amicably now, before it gets too difficult. Mixed races, however, are NOT tied into opposing beliefs and mixed races don't try to "convert" each other. That was my experience.