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‘Meskel’ celebrated nationwide

“Meskel”, which commemorates the finding of the True Cross, was celebrated on Monday, September 28th across the nation with the usual religious pomp and elaborate rituals.

Asmara, 29 September 2015 – “Meskel”, which commemorates the finding of the True Cross, was celebrated on Monday, September 28th across the nation with the usual religious pomp and elaborate rituals.

The observances at Bahti Meskerem Square were attended by tens of thousands of the faithful, Government and PFDJ officials and members of the diplomatic corps.

The Chairman of the Synod of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Abune Lukas, presided over the prayers that occurred in the sequel of various religious songs and performances around the bonfire (Damiera) erected at the heart of Bahti Meskerem Square.

Abune Lukas wished the Eritrean people and followers of the Orthodox faith in particular a happy ‘MesKel’. He also called on the faithful to extend a helping hand to families of the needy, in addition to demonstrating mutual affection and harmony in their daily dealings with their compatriots. Moreover, the chairman wished peace and prosperity to the nation.

Following the prayers, Abuna Lukas lit the bonfire or “Damiera” as the customary ritual at the end of the ceremony.  He was   accompanied by Mr. Zerit Tewoldebrehan, the Secretary of the Central Region, in the final act.

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