- Tour Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
- Tour Specialty: Culture & Nature
- Transportation: Surface with Flight and Land Cruiser.
Maskal is second in importance only to Timkat and has been celebrated in the country for over 1,600 years. The word actually means "cross" and the feast commemorates the discovery of the Cross - upon which Jesus was crucified by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The original event took place on 19 March, AD 326, but the feast is now celebrated on 27 September.
Many of the rites observed throughout the festival are said to be directly connected to the legend of Empress Helena. On the eve of Maskal tall ranches are tied together and yellow daisies, popularly called Maskal flowers, are placed at the top. During the night these ranches are gathered together in front of the compound gates and ignited. This symbolizes the actions of the Empress who, when no one would show her the Holy Sepulcher, lit incense and prayed for help. Where the smoke drifted she dug and found three crosses. To one of them, the True Cross, many miracles were attributed.
Day 1, September 21: Be met at bole international air port & transfer to hotel.
Day 2, September 22: Drive to Arbaminch en route visit ethnic group such as Dorze village.
Day 3, September 23: Drive to Jinka en route visit Konso, Temai, Bena tribes, over night in hotel.
Day 4, September 24: Drive to Mago national park then after visit the unique culture of Murci village over night in Turmi.
Day 5, September 25: Drive to Karo village to visit the master body painting, with the view of Omo River. Visit hammer village over night in Turmi.
Day 6, September 26: Drive to Arbaminich, visit the Eribore tribes en route, and in the after noon make a boat trip over Lake Chamo to see the crocodile market and Hippoes.
Day 7, September 27: Drive to Addis have a shower & after lunch be part of the colorful celebration Meskel held in Meskel square, over night in hotel.
Day 8, September 28: Full day city tour including the largest open market in Africa merkato, after fly back home. Bon voyage!
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