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Ethiopia Custom Similar to Palm Sunday

Ethiopia Custom Similar to Palm Sunday

Kehtema: A custom of putting green vegetation covering of the ground in Ethiopia.

I am curious, there is a custom here in Ethiopia that may or may not be related to the Palm Sunday in the Christian Bible.

The Ethiopian people appear to place green vegetation down when they wish a place to be proper or formal. They make what is similar to a tablecloth or rug out of fresh green plants, I have seen grass, pine and what appear to be palm leaves.

This is pure speculation, I am not able to do any collaborative research, I am in an information vacuum.

“Palm Sunday, in Christianity, Sunday before Easter, so called from the custom of blessing palms and of carrying portions of branches in procession, in commemoration of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.”

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Saturday, March 21, 2009
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I have observed and experienced multiple times Ethiopia people spreading various types of green vegetation around an area. I have not been able to discern whether the type of plant is important, I know they use more than one type.

Here are some various photos documenting this custom.



If you look closely, you can see some green plant vegetation placed below the coffee ceremony tray.



In the early morning, in preparation for the market, the Awasa people carry large bundle of grass to their individual market stalls. They then spread out to make a rug of green.



In the morning, there is a stead stream of boys carrying bundles of fresh cut grass to the market. It appears to be a service; I have found no business angle to this, other than to make their shop more pleasant and comfortable.



This photo was taken in the Family Club Hotel, the management took large amount of longer green leave, they looks like parts of Palm Fronds and had them in the bar for the prior night of drinking.



This photo was taken in Panajachel, Guatemala on Christmas Eve, showing a similar type of ground dressing, however done in another country and only for one day.

I am curious to know the desert customs, there is a lot of dust in Ethiopia, there is a need to keep the dust down. Normally on Planet Earth, the people will continuous water the ground, this is expensive and there is not an overabundance of water in Ethiopia. I am speculating they do this to stop the dust.

I will continue to ask people, however normally when I meet people who speak sufficient English to explain, they are not close these type of customs. Moreover, they minimize the reasons; they do not like to explain their customs.

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Internet on Saturday seems to be slower than during the weekdays, I suppose more people are using their cell phones. I have started the upload to YouTube.com up to six times, trying to get one good streak of solid bandwidth, nothing is stable in Ethiopia, the electricity stops, the internet stop and so does the water.

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Anthropology, - Culture, - Customs of Countries, - Locals - Meeting

Ethiopia Custom Similar to Palm Sunday


Walk Through Awasa Ethiopia Market

Walk Through Awasa Ethiopia Market
Here is a video of my trying to walk through the market here in Awasa, Ethiopia. This market is huge; I was only able to do small section of the market because boys were following along.

Please focus on the dust, there are clouds of dust that form in the market because of the type of soil in Ethiopia.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Friday, March 20, 2009
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The Ethiopia people are fully aware of cameras; they love to jump in front of the camera. As I made the video below, there was a constant small battle to keep the people from standing in front of the camera.

It is a myth for the most part, some old travel story saying that people believe we are stealing their souls. Nowadays, the people of the world are the same as you or me; we do not like to have a photo pointed at us as if we are tourist attraction.

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Walk Through Awasa Ethiopia Market


Coffee Ceremony Awasa Ethiopia

Coffee Ceremony Awasa Ethiopia
One of the customs in Ethiopia is to make and drink coffee with friends, if you are invited to a persons house to drink coffee, the answer should be “Yes.” I am still learning how to edit with this new program I am using called VideoPad Video Editor.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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This is a girls in Awasa, Ethiopia cooking the coffee beans before she sends to a little boy to grind.



This round piece of molded steel is put on top of a charcoal burner especially made for cooking coffee. They will continually stir the beans as they cook.



After the bean changed color from a light green color to a more dark chocolate or almost burned color she gave them to this little boy. He put in a round grinder type device common in the world, and he more or less smashed the beans.

When I am in the markets here in Ethiopia, I can find all the various items they use to conduct the coffee ceremony being sold.

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Food

Coffee Ceremony Awasa Ethiopia


Gebrekiristos Hotel Awasa Ethiopia

Gebrekiristos Hotel Awasa Ethiopia
Here is a video of the seven dollar and fifty cent Hotel where I am presently living in Awasa, Ethiopia. I have been thinking about his for months, maybe years, I think a video is the only way to prove to some of you I do not live in flophouses. Yes, there are time when I have no choice, I must live in a dump for a day or two, however, the majority of time I live in great Hotels. When I live in Europe, I live in Flophouse Hostels.

There is something about the human brain that has trouble with balance. When I say to a person I am living in a seven U.S. Dollars Hotel, they instantly think Slumdog. (I watched this movie last night…) Our first impression, our first mental image of a person is imprinted on the brain and creates a stereotype that is almost impossible to change.

Well, here is a videos of the Gebrekiristos Hotel in Awasa Ethiopia, a Hotel that would be easy to recommend this Hotel to my parents.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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This is a typical room in the Gebrekiristos Hotel in Awasa Ethiopia



There are some flowers on the tree outside this particular room.

This Hotel is in the Lonely Planet and is great if you understand how to use the Bajaj Tuk Tuk Taxis. The Hotel is about a one half kilometer walk from the main section of the city. However, after you learn you can take the collective Tuk Tuk Taxis for 1 Birr or 10 cents U.S. per trip it become an easy Hotel to enjoy.

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I started the videos today about five time each, they would be about one-half finished and the electricity or internet would break, then I must start over. The speed is slower than a dial-up connection.

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Gebrekiristos Hotel Awasa Ethiopia


Beware of Loose Hotel Electrical Outlets

Beware of Loose Hotel Electrical Outlets
Travel Tip

A person has to be careful when using the electrical outlets in Hotels, there are bad connections that can cause problems. Here is video explaining how a sloppy or loose connection in a Hotel melted the plug on the end of an extension cord.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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This small device converted a slotted plug into a round prong plug. Because it was plugged into a sloppy or lose electrical wall outlet is melted and burned up. Each connection needs to be solid or you risk this happening in your Hotel room.

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Computer, - Electricity

Beware of Loose Hotel Electrical Outlets


Pouring a Concrete Roof in Ethiopia

Pouring a Concrete Roof in Ethiopia
This video was taken near my Awasa, Ethiopia Hotel as approximately 30 men and women shown are carrying hoppers of concrete from a cement mixer to the top of a building.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Monday, March 16, 2009
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I was walking by this construction project and realized I had a great chance to make a video. The workers may work for weeks constructing the concrete forms, and only one day pouring.



Behind the corrugated steel is a cement mixer, this is truly a modern project here in Ethiopia, having the cement mixer is a luxury. Often project like this are done with people mixing up concrete with shovels



Women work construction jobs in the majority of the developing countries, I think only in the developed world we stop allowing women to work.

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Pouring a Concrete Roof in Ethiopia


Video of Large Birds in Awasa Ethiopia

Video of Large Birds in Awasa Ethiopia
Walking down main road leading to the water in Awasa, Ethiopia I came up these large birds walking in the field next to me. These are amazingly large birds that were within 10-20 feet of me with a wingspread of up to 10-12 feet, truly a large bird.

Maybe a flamingo, maybe a stork, maybe some exotic name, I am sure one of my readers can identify correctly this large Ethiopia bird.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Sunday, March 15, 2009
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This bird rather startled me, I was walking along looking at the ground, I look over to my right and this huge bird is very close.



Trying to show you the size by taking a photo of the Donkey Cart or Gari so you can compare the size.



The birds appear to be making nest in the top of the trees, this is not in the wilderness, and this is on a main city road of Awasa, Ethiopia.



I counted at least 15 of these birds in one tree.



It is always nice to see large animals; this is a good sign about a country. The locals normally will shoot and eat most animals, if there are large animals around; I normally believe there is also plenty of food.

India is a great place to see animals because they are vegetarians and they do not eat all the animals.

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Video of Large Birds in Awasa Ethiopia


Carry Camera Batteries in Coin Purse

Carry Camera Batteries in Coin Purse
Travel Tip

I try to purchase cameras that use 4 AA Batteries. I have purchased about one camera per year for the last 10 years of travel and the majority of them used either two or four AA Batteries.

I presently have 20 rechargeable batteries with me, or four packs ready to be used and one set of four inside the camera.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Sunday, March 15, 2009
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WHY THIS SMALL BAG?

1. The batteries cannot move around inside, therefore the plus and minus ends of the batteries cannot touch.

2. They are all together, if you placed four batteries in your pocket, you may find yourself searching for the one battery. Say for example you are taking a photo of the Whales passing the cruise boat and your batteries go dead. You need to be able to quickly reach in your bag, grab four new batteries and reload fast, this is not the time to be fumbling around in the bottom of your daypack looking for batteries.

3. Keeps the same set of four batteries together, it is better to age batteries together, therefore when you decide the batteries are no longer good, you can trash all four at the same time without testing each and every battery.

4. Counting batteries is easy, I know I have five packages of batteries, I can go off the electrical grid for about two to five weeks.

I purchased these small bags in Panajachel, Guatemala two years ago and was reluctant to show this travel tip because of where I purchased the bags. However, a few countries later I realized these bags exist in some form in most countries. I think in the USA it would be called a coin purse and probably could get at some discount store.

I am not going to send you to the travel gear store. There is no Travel Gear shop here in Ethiopia, therefore I need to write travel tips about what is possible, not what is impossible to purchase.

Gear, - Photos Photography Pictures, -

Carry Camera Batteries in Coin Purse