Tsehaye Debalkew, Washington DC
Tigrai Onlne - May 03, 2014
A-day-long annual event dubbed "Passport DC, Around the World Embassy" highlighting Ethiopian cultural and social extravaganza which attracted more than five thousand residents of the Washington DC Metropolitan hub was colorfully held in the premises of the Chancery of the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington Dc. opening its doors between 10. 00 AM- 4 00 PM today, May 3, 2014.
The festival was accompanied by a colorful display of Ethiopian traditional music ceremony, authentic and organic Ethiopian cuisine. Ethiopian unique photograph exhibition, accompanied by traditional songs and aesthetics, exemplifying the special Ethiopian blend of cuisine, music, art and culture gave the occasion an aura of festivity.
The open house program was also given an added color by the presentation by vendors of Ethiopian made Apparel Products, Traditional Costumes, Spices, Coffee Beans, Souvenirs, Artifacts & Hand woven bags designed by local Ethiopian seamstress, Ethiopian music CDs and DVDs, Children's books and other tools of learning and delicious Ethiopian cookies and pastries and travel and tourist attraction infotainment pieces compiled in different formats.
The occasion that included modern and traditional music D.J. gave a robust impetus to the celebration with recorded ancient Ethiopian album. The occasion showcased that Ethiopia is a country with a wealth of cultural milieu and exotic fauna and flora.
The visitors who have been skyrocketing in numbers since the program was launched five years ago were entertained by an array of other activities including a visit of the pictorial Art and historical exhibition and on screen displays depicting the rich and diverse historical, cultural, wildlife, and environmental heritage of Ethiopia with amicable people and the country's changing image into a booming 21st century nation.
A slide and film presentation also brought to light the current multi-faceted endeavor demonstrating the strides being registered through the Growth and Transformation Plan presently in full gear and the overall impressive results attained in good governance, democracy, justice and peace.
Wahide Belay, Chief of Public Diplomacy of the Ethiopian Mission in DC. welcomed the touring visitors, by saying that Ethiopia endowed with a wealth of natural attractions coupled with a mix of its people and cultures has a lot to offer to the global community. In this regard he cited Ethiopia's unique potential for archeological and religious tourism, birds watching, water sports, desert trekking, mountain hiking, camping, ecotourism and the booming conference tourism.
He added that it is a land of the legendary Queen of Sheba, home to the biblical Ark of the Covenant, the source of the Blue Nile/ the mighty and tumultuous African river/, and the birth place of coffee-Ethiopia's gift to the world.
In reference to contemporary Ethiopia, the Public Diplomacy Head of the Embassy apprised the audience that Ethiopia has opened a new chapter in its history and the world is witnessing that we are both a nation with solid history and an impeccable tradition with a rising economy setting a new standard for Africa.
The Head of Public Department of the Embassy acknowledged the organizers and representatives from the Cultural Tourism DC. and Passport, DC., Mama Fresh/ who freely provided the delicious Ethiopian cuisine, Soom Foods for the tasty Sesame Tahini, Abshiro Kids and Info Addis Publishing and others who made a passionate participation towards the happy end.
On hand to welcome the touring visitors were the entire staff members of the Ethiopian Embassy who were adorned with varieties of traditional attires and cultural costumes.