Ethiopian-Americans Celebrate a New Year by Honoring a Flag and a Heritage – San Jose, California (EAC)

September 7th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

To celebrate the Ethiopian New Year and to honor the Ethiopian flag, leaders and members of the Ethiopian Americans Council (EAC) are encouraging all Ethiopians, Ethiopian-Americans, and their friends and families to join them at the Seventh Annual Ceremonial Ethiopian Flag Raising at New City Hall of San Jose on Thursday, September 8, at 12:00 noon. (more…)

To celebrate the Ethiopian New Year and to honor the Ethiopian flag, leaders and members of the Ethiopian Americans Council (EAC) are encouraging all Ethiopians, Ethiopian-Americans, and their friends and families to join them at the Seventh Annual Ceremonial Ethiopian Flag Raising at New City Hall of San Jose on Thursday, September 8, at 12:00 noon.

The flag raising will mark the beginning of a week-long celebration of the Ethiopian New Year. This special civic ceremony is a salute to the Ethiopian flag and a heartfelt remembrance of Ethiopian roots and heritage. San Jose is the only city in the nation to have established this traditional, annual acknowledgment of the heritage and history of Ethiopian Americans. When the Ethiopian flag was first flown over New City Hall in 2005, it was an historical event in that no other foreign flag had been so honored in the history of the city.

The San Jose City Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and City Council Members will be in attendance. The EAC and the Ethiopian-American community at large are extremely appreciative of the time and the energy that city officials have devoted to this annual event. The EAC especially wants to thank the citizens of San Jose for their recognition of the diversity that has made this country so great and offering the Ethiopian-American community a time and a place to come together and take pride in their heritage.

The Annual Ethiopian Flag Raising Festival is a celebratory event that gives Ethiopians, Ethiopian Americans, their families, and their supporters the chance to come together, not only to celebrate the New Year of the Ethiopian calendar, but also to stir the love of Ethiopia within the hearts of Ethiopians, so they will never forget their roots even though they may be far away from their motherland.

As with any immigrant population in this nation of immigrants, Ethiopian-Americans cherish their lives in the United States of America. Though they are thankful for the peace and prosperity that comes with citizenship in America, they also cherish the remembrance of their lives in Ethiopia, of their families and friends, and of the way of life, that are all so far away.

The Ethiopian flag has never flown under the flag of a conquering colonial power, so it is a symbol of pride to Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans, and a symbol of hope for other African nations as they struggle for self-governance and liberty.

The Ethiopian Americans Council encourages other Ethiopian-Americans who are living in different states to do the same in their cities. Ethiopians and their friends and families who are living in the Bay Area are urged to dress in green, yellow, and red and come celebrate with the EAC and civic leaders at the flag raising and join them in the festivities that will follow.

Ethiopians, Ethiopian-Americans, and friends of Ethiopians will be stirred by this historic event that celebrates the flag, the nation, and the heritage of Ethiopia. The EAC and the civic leaders of San Jose invite all citizens to share in this solemn and celebratory ceremony at New City Hall, located at 200 East Santa Clara Street in San Jose.

May God bless the United States of America!

The Ethiopian American Council (EAC)

The Ethiopian American Council (EAC) is a grassroots policy advocacy organization.

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