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Meskel Demera Festival will be observed in adherence to COVID 19 precautions: Deputy Mayor

Addis Ababa, September 18, 2020 (FBC) – Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, Adanech Abiebie announced that Meskel Demera, UNESCO inscribed world intangible heritage, will be marked in the city at Meskel Square in a way to protect the community from pandemic.

The Deputy Mayor along with the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, His holiness Abune Matias has visited the process of the reconstruction project of Meskel Square, the public open space where public and religious festivals are celebrated in the capital.

Other religious leaders and high ranking officials attended the visit aimed to assess the course of the reconstruction underway to renew the public site.

On the occasion, the Deputy Mayor said, the Meskel Demera Religious festival will be observed with attendance of limited number of people in order to protect the community from coronavirus.

The reconstruction of the site has a paramount nationwide significance in fostering the tourism sector and building the image of the city, the Deputy Mayor said.

His holiness Abune Matias lauded the speeding up of the project in a way to accommodate this year’s celebration of the Meskel Deremra religious festival on September 26, 2020.

Meanwhile, traditional leaders of the Oromo People, Aba Gedas have received a public place appropriated for the celebration of this year’s Irecha Festival on October 3, 2020.

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