Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Year 2007

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. 

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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

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There were supposed horse races to happen but it was too muddy and is postponed to a later date. 

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We then went to our friend, Yeshi’s house. Yeshi lives in a town about 30 kilometers away.

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It was our first time meeting Yeshi’s family and we loved it.

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The girls made pretend injera while the other adults ate doro wet (a traditional spicy chicken and egg dish) and drank coffee.

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Grinding the fresh roasted coffee beans. A group of five priests came in with a drum and songs.

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 I am so thankful for this dear friend.

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We walked to a neighbor’s house for the evening meal.

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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. 

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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)!