In addition to having their own time ( the day starting at 6 am when the sun rises and finishing at 6 pm when the sun sets – thus making Ethiopian time 6 hours behind Western time ) Ethiopia has its own Christmas – which will be on 7th January.
Christmas here is a one day affair – although for the women is a two- three day case since the traditional dish of dora wot ( chicken stew ) is typically eaten at Christmas , which requires about ten kilos of onions to be finely chopped to make the dish ! Presents are not exchanged and the highlight of the day is the eating of the chicken, since meat is an expensive treat.
Each year, the school has a Christmas party with cake, sweets and biscuits as well as soft drink ! In other countries all these artificial sweeteners etc would be frowned upon , however for pupils at our school this may well be a once a year treat !
Some of the things that our students are looking forward to for Christmas :
Sosina ( aged 8 ) " I want to eat popcorn for Christmas ! "
Eyob ( age 12 ) – “ I am looking forward to wearing my jacket, shirt and new shoes. “
Alazar ( age 7 ) " I can't wait to eat traditional bread. "