Ashenda Tigrai Festival 2019 colorfully celebrated throughout Tigrai state, Ethiopia
It is about time for Tigrai people to preserve and protect their rich cultural heritage at any cost, it is not only about culture and history, it is also about economy.
Tigrai Online , August 23, 2019
Ashenda festival should be registered as religious and cultural festival of the Tigrai people.
Ashenda Festival 2019 colorfully celebrated throughout Tigrai thaousands pour in to Mekelle the capital city of Tigrai. Ashenda is a unique Tigraian traditional festival also known as a Ashenda Tigrai which takes place in August to mark the ending of fasting called filseta Mariam. Filseta Mariam is a week of fasting by the Orthodox Christian Tigraians and other Ethiopians who adhere to Orthodox Christian faith.
Ashenda Festival is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. It is unique to the people 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 wore it around their waist as a decoration.
Ashenda Tigrai festival’s roots are religious, but after thousands of years being celebrated in Tigrai now the festival is an integral part of the Tigrai people culture. The religious and cultural aspects of Ashenda festival are completely intertwined.
There is a proposal by the Ethiopian government to register Ashenda Tigrai as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO. As an idea it is a great idea, but we Tigraians all over the world especially the learned once, the Tigrai government and Tigrai historians should pay a great attention under whose ownership Ashenda Tigrai will be registered in UNESCO. For example Fiche Chamballala is registered in UNESCO in the following manner, Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama people. Although not yet registered with UNESCO, the Irreessa festival will be registered as a thanksgiving holiday of the Oromo People. Just like the two festivals mentioned above Ashenda festival should be registered as religious and cultural festival of the Tigrai people.
The grave robbers of Africa, the chauvinist extremist Amhara elites have been riding on the back of the Tigrai people for the past hundred years lying to the world, to the Ethiopian people and the Amhara people claiming they were the founders of the Axumite civilization and all history, culture and heritage belonged to them. Last year one of the leaders of NAMA an Amhara nationalist organization said on public television as everything in this universe respects its creation,
The arrogance in the above mentioned statement is so stupid it is distasteful to repeat it. Amhara extremists wanted to claim what belongs to Tigrai without showing a shred of evidence because they have one thing in common with the people of Tigrai, the Orthodox Christian Church which happens to be first accepted, nurtured, and spread by Tigraians in east Africa. Now they are saying they share the Ashenda festival with the people of Tigrai which is absolute fabrication and falsehood yet another attempt to misappropriate a unique and distinct Tigraian cultural heritage. We the people of Tigrai are aware their intention and will fight tooth and nail to the last point to block the shameless facsimile wannabe Tigrai Amhara extremists.
Ashenda festival is a unique Tigraian traditional festival also known as a Ashenda Tigrai which takes place from August to September.
Freedom for all Tigraian Freedom Fighters: Time for Abiy Ahmed Ali to Repent and Apologize
Research hits home for MUSC professor from Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Developmental State Model: A Reflection on Francis Fukuyama’s Article
Letters of Ras Woldemichael Solomon exposed Professor Asmerom Legesse
Maximising Employment from Investment and Economic Growth in Tigray
Abiy Ahmed the father of the political lies in Ethiopia must go
Tigrai business group to establish a new independent airline
Ethiopia: Is President of the Federal Supreme Court thirsty of Tigray people’s blood?
Tigrai is in danger from the Abiy Ahmed regime in concert with Esaias Afeworki
The President of the Federal Supreme Court Transgresses the Constitution
Ethiopian Supreme Court President, Meaza Ahenafi threatens Tigrai
TPLF and the people of Tigrai should focus in developing Tigrai instead of trying to fix Ethiopia
The 2nd International Festival of Tigrai Diaspora colorfully opened in Mekelle
The Escalating Suppression of Southern Ethiopian Nationalities
Ethnic federalism is not the reason Ethiopia is disintegrating
The Sidama Question, Democratic Self-determination and Federalism
Is Prime Minister Abiy really a reformer or a deformer in Ethiopia
Rotten and Fractured Beyond Repair, EPRDF no More: Emergency Exit for TPLF, Now! Part III
The futile attempt of Amharas to create an Ethiopia on their image is destroying it