The nation of Ethiopia has a lot to look forward to in their religious year, and it's not because Christmas is less than five months away - it's because their Orthodox Christian calendar has begun with the festival of Meskel.
Meskel (or spelt as Mesqel) is the religious festival known to Ethiopians using the tradition of Demera - which is the tradition of throwing a bonfire with a feast and dancing.
Meskel commemorates the finding of the True Cross in the fourth century when Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, discovered the True Cross on which Christ was crucified.
Mesqel is also a cultural holiday & a season of festivities for the #Gurage people of #Ethiopia. Every yr, thousands of hardworking Gurages living in differnt parts of Ethiopia travel to their hometowns in southern Ethiopia to celebrate the holiday with loved ones! Happy #Mesqel! pic.twitter.com/Yhxioi2cBq— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) September 26, 2018