Before we talk about this New Year, thanks to those who have responded about our previous post. My genius SIL had the idea that I make an online lists to help with management. Thanks Sarah, what a great idea! If you are interested, here is our wish list. Thank you for your consideration!
Onto our New Year celebration! September 11th is a day remembered by all Americans as a day of tragedy for our country. It is also the day for Ethiopia’s New Year. Today marks the beginning of the year 2007. We have a different calendar, you should google it, it’s fascinating.
If someone was here with no calendar access, big holidays are predictable by the amount of live goats and sheep on top of public transport. I have seen up to twenty live animals strapped down as the minibus flies down the road.
The morning started with a trip to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
There were supposed horse races to happen but it was too muddy and is postponed to a later date.
We then went to our friend, Yeshi’s house. Yeshi lives in a town about 30 kilometers away.
It was our first time meeting Yeshi’s family and we loved it.
The girls made pretend injera while the other adults ate doro wet (a traditional spicy chicken and egg dish) and drank coffee.
Grinding the fresh roasted coffee beans. A group of five priests came in with a drum and songs.
I am so thankful for this dear friend.
We walked to a neighbor’s house for the evening meal.
Here we ate sheep tibs and we had coffee full of spiced butter. Between the “white” meat (the fat is considered a delicious part of the animal) and the butter in my coffee, I decided that food eaten to be culturally appropriate doesn’t count as calories.
At 5:00 pm, The Littles were given a Pepsi and a round of coffee. Amazing.
May your 2007 be full of life (and sleeping kids)!