Harari People Celebrate Shewal Eid with Assortments

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Harari People Celebrate Shewal Eid with Assortments

By Wegayehu Muluneh

 

The Harari people are marking the Shewal Eid, a cultural and historical festival recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

High-level federal  government and regional authorities attended the festival at Harar City today.

In his opening speech, Minister of Culture & Sports, Kejela Merdasa underscored that Harari's art works have crossed borders and are the heritage of the people of the world.

 

 

The Minister stated that Harar and its respective people are a symbol of peace and love besides their rich history which are inscribed by UNESCO as both tangible and intangible heritages of the World.

For her part, Minister of Tourism, Nasise Chali, said  Ethiopia is home to diverse cultural, historical and natural tourism resources.

President of the State of Harari, Ordin Bedri, conveyed his congratulatory message to the Ethiopian people, noting that the registration of the Shuwal Eid festival as an intangible cultural heritage is a great success.

 

 

Throughout the day and tonight the streets of Harar, the ancient walled city in eastern Ethiopia, are bursting with color as residents don traditional attire and participate in joyous ceremonies.

Shewal Eid commemorates the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and holds immense significance for the Harari people. The festivities are a rich history of cultural traditions, reflecting the community's unique heritage.

One of the most captivating aspects of Shewal Eid is the "Chibal," a vibrant procession that winds its way through the city's narrow alleys. Men, women, and children dressed in colorful garments adorned with intricate embroidery and gleaming jewelry,  parade through the streets, accompanied by rhythmic drumming and chanting. The air is filled with an infectious energy as celebrants exchange greetings and well wishes.

 

 

Shewal Eid is more than just a religious celebration; it's a powerful symbol of Harari identity and history. The festival reinforces social bonds within the community and serves as a reminder of the Harari people's rich cultural heritage.  UNESCO's recognition of Shewal Eid as intangible cultural heritage underscores the importance of preserving these traditions for future generations.

The Shewal Eid celebrations offer a glimpse into the enduring spirit of the Harari people.  By continuing to celebrate their traditions, the Harari community ensures that their unique cultural heritage  continues to thrive for years to come.

It's to be recalled that Shewal Eid festival will be celebrated for the following three days in different cultural activities at Harar city.//


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