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  • Ashenda Festival In Tigrai

    Beautiful people beautiful culture, Tigrai is the cradle of Ethiopian civilization.
    Ashenda is a unique Tigraian traditional festival which takes place in August to mark the ending of fasting called filseta. This event is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. It is unique to the people in the state of Tigrai in northern Ethiopia. The name of the festival "Ashenda" comes from the name of a tall grass that the girls make in to a skirt and ware it around their waist as a decoration.
    The young women and girls dress the best traditional dresses called tilfi which is a cotton dress decorated with amazing embroidery from the neck to toe in front of the dress. The girls also adorned them selves with array of beautiful jewelry.
    After they gather in the village or city center they divide in to small groups and they go house to house singing and playing their drums. They stop at ever house and sing and dance for the people in the houses. It is customary for people to give them money, food and drinks and other items for their efforts. They continue the whole day going from house to house and occasionally stopping in a village or city center and singing and dancing for a while before they go on again on their tour.
    A week or so after the celebrations started, the event comes to an end with all the girls from the village or the town coming together in the center of the town or a village singing and dancing until sun down. This time the young boys join in more like spectators than active players.

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  • Ashenda Festival In Tigrai

    Beautiful people beautiful culture, Tigrai is the cradle of Ethiopian civilization.
    Ashenda is a unique Tigraian traditional festival which takes place in August to mark the ending of fasting called filseta. This event is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. It is unique to the people in the state of Tigrai in northern Ethiopia. The name of the festival "Ashenda" comes from the name of a tall grass that the girls make in to a skirt and ware it around their waist as a decoration.
    The young women and girls dress the best traditional dresses called tilfi which is a cotton dress decorated with amazing embroidery from the neck to toe in front of the dress. The girls also adorned them selves with array of beautiful jewelry.
    After they gather in the village or city center they divide in to small groups and they go house to house singing and playing their drums. They stop at ever house and sing and dance for the people in the houses. It is customary for people to give them money, food and drinks and other items for their efforts. They continue the whole day going from house to house and occasionally stopping in a village or city center and singing and dancing for a while before they go on again on their tour.
    A week or so after the celebrations started, the event comes to an end with all the girls from the village or the town coming together in the center of the town or a village singing and dancing until sun down. This time the young boys join in more like spectators than active players.

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  • Ashenda

    On the half of August there is a special girls festival in all Tigray. It always starts by gathering of all well dressed and decorated girls to celebrate the festival, and must go to the respective local church to deliver pray before God for his willingness keeping them healthy and permit them get gathered to celebrate the festival. After delivering the pray, they head to a house were they pass the whole night playing local dancing. The next morning, they move each house in thier locality to convey that Ashenda is ongoing, and best wish to the local people. There is a reward in kind to the girls and finally perhaps on the end day, they contribute all the materials to church and pray to God to get gathered the next Ashenda.
    It is super amazing festival which is mostly celebrated outside, massively and free of any abstains commonly imposed on the girls on the ordinary days. there are lots of prays, songs, proverbs related to Ashegoda in specific. young boys wishes to folow them to share the fun and sometimes to protect them of any danger from aroundelse.
    If i have to remind you one proverb about Ashenda is "donot choose to marriage from Ashenda girl " as every girl is super decorated with new clothes and jewlleries.

    Enjoy Ashenda
    Ashenda the utmost happiness days of girls.

    By:Ablelom 

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