Today’s Holiday: Maskal

Today’s Holiday:
Maskal

Maskal is a Christian festival in Ethiopia to commemorate the True Cross, the cross on which Christ was said to have been crucified. In communities throughout the nation, a tall pole called a demara is set up and topped with a cross. Families place smaller demaras against the big one, and in the evening they are made into a huge bonfire. Religious ceremonies are performed around the bonfire, with songs and dancing. The ashes of the burned-out fire are considered holy, so the people place the powder of the ashes on their foreheads. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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