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Are you ready to watch birds with us?
Ethiopia to have more endemic flora and fauna than any other regions in Africa. Some 862 species of birds have been recorded in Ethiopia, of which more than 23 species of birds are endemic. The unique rift valley lakes and national parks, both in the low lands and high land areas, are the ideal places for birding.
please take a look our tour package from the link below:
http://tourghion.com/tour-packages/bird-watching-.html
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A journey along the historic route is a treasure house of nature, culture and historic riches. Along this northern route; the ancient city of Axum with its monolithic steles, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are recognized as one of the wonders of the world.
http://tourghion.com/tour-packages/the-historic-route-by-air-.html

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ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR

Enkutatash / Addis Amet
Meskerem 1st/September 11th
Melkam Addis Amet = Happy New Year

Time and dates in Ethiopia
Enkutatash or Ethiopian New Year is celebrated on September 11th according to the Western or Gregorian calendar. Ethiopia still follows the Orthodox Julian calendar which consists of 12 months of 30 days and a 13th month, Pagume, of five or six days, depending on whether or not it is a leap year. The Ethiopian calendar is seven years and eight months behind the Gregorian calendar.
The way Ethiopians measure time is also different from the West. The clock starts at 6am western time and runs until 6pm. Therefore 8o'clock in western time would be 2o'clock Ethiopian time. Because Ethiopia is close to the Equator the sun rises at around 00.30 Ethiopian time and sets at around 12.45 in the evening (6.45 western equivalent) all year round. Ethiopia is 3 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
The years run in a four year cycle bearing the names of the Gospels with the year of John or Yohannes being the leap year.

Meskerem : 11th September
Tikimt : 11th October
Hidar : 10th November
Tahsas : 10th December
Tir : 9th January
Yakatit : 8th February
Maggabit : 10th March
Miyazya : 9th April
Ginbot : 9th May
Sene : 8th June
Hamle : 8th July
Nehasa : 7th August
Pagume : 7th September

Enkutatash is an important festival in the lives of Ethiopians. After three months of heavy rains the sun comes out creating a beautiful clear fresh atmosphere. The highland fields turn to gold as the Meskal daisies burst into flower. When Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, returned to Ethiopia after her famous visit to King Solomon, her chiefs welcomed her forward by giving her "enku" or jewels. Enkutatash which means "gift of jewels"' has been celebrated ever since in spring. Meskerem is seen as a month of transition from the old year to the new. It is a time to express hopes and dreams for the future.

Enkutatash customs
On New Year's Eve, torches of dry leaves and wood bundled in the form of tall and thick sticks are also set on fire in front of houses as the young and old sing. Early in the morning everybody goes to Church wearing traditional Ethiopian clothing. After Church there is a family meal of Injera (flat bread) and Wat (stew). The girls go from house to house singing New Year songs for money and the boys sell pictures that they have drawn. In the evening families go to visit their friends and drink tella the traditional Ethiopian beer. While the elders discuss their hopes for the New Year the children go and spend the money they have earned.
Source:rastaites
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Ethiopia- Blue Nile Falls

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Lalibela - the history behind the Rock churches of Ethiopia

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Special Tour Package of Easter Celebration in Lalibela with Historic Route, Ethiopia

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Meskal Festival at Addis Ababa
Tour Code: SGTT 05
Meskal Festival at Addis Ababa with Historic Route by Air
This is one of religious ceremonies not to be missed in Ethiopia .At the eve of Meskel celebration there will be a big bone fire (Demera) the will be prepared on the centre of Addis (Meskel Square).Thousands of Ethiopian Christians with their traditional dressing style will be gather at the Meskel square hundreds of priests from different church of Addis will come with very colorful church dress and processional cross to perform their amusing chanting for the gathered people to see.

Ghion travel and tours has a fixed date departure tour for this colorful Meskel celebration with the historic route.

Duration - 10 days/ 9 nights

Sep 25: Arrival Addis Ababa
Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by Ghion Travel and Tours representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis, which includes; Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in kaleb hotel

Sep 26: Addis Ababa
Morning, after breakfast you will have a sightseeing of Addis Ababa which includes Trinity Cathedral beautiful church with a baroque style of European Architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, National Museum-the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dated 3.5 million years back. In the afternoon you will attend the very colorful Meskel Festival (the finding of the true cross) at the Meskel square. Overnight in kaleb hotel

Sep 27: Addis- Bahirdar
In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to Bahir dar. After check-in to hotel journey by sympathetic African plains eventually leads to the mighty Blue Nile fall commonly known as “Tis Isat” (water that smokes). After hiking the cataracts drive back to Bahirdar. Overnight in Homland Hotel

Sep 28: Bahir Dar
After breakfast boat rides on Lake Tana. On Lake Tana time has still stood and dominated by an archaic, dating from early Christian mysticism and the religious interpretations of African art are characterized by the Ethiopian Christianity, and the world’s Old Testament is still practiced. Visit Azua Mariam and Ura kidane Mihret monasteries which are rich in icon painting. Overnight in Homland Hotel

Sep 29: Bahir dar- Gondar
After breakfast, drive to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area in the 17th century AD. Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style. After check-in to hotel visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the Royal Enclosure which is also known as” the Camelot of Africa”, the iconic church of Debre Birehan selassie, bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). Overnight in Homland Hotel

Sep 30: Gonder- Semien Mountains National Park- Gonder
In the early morning, drive from Gondar to Semen mountains national park which is the most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscapes. Semen Mountain National Park constitutes many summits above 4000masl and culminates at Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopian and it is the home of the endemics gelada baboon, Ethiopian wolf and Walya ibex. After visit drives back to Gonder and overnight AG Hotel

Oct 1: Gonder- Axum
In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to the ancient town of Axum. after check-in to hotel visit The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum; which include, The Archaeological Museum, Monolithic Steles, The Tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of Queen Sheba. You also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. Overnight at Consular Hotel

Oct 2: Axum- Lalibela
After breakfast, transfer in to airport to fly to the legendary and the framed of Ascetic Mountain town of Lalibela. After check-in to hotel, full day visits the 12th c. Rock-Hewn Churches; Lalibela is famous for its rock hewn churches and these brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the 8th wonder of the World. There are many rock churches in Lalibela some hidden in enormous caves. Overnight will be in Lal Hotel

Oct 3: Lalibela
On this day visit the picturesque, impressive landscape of the Lalibela surrounds and Nakutoleab Rock Hewn church. Overnight in Lal Hotel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Oct 4: Lalibela- Addis
In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, you will have leisure and shopping time. In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where the tour ends.
 
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