Why I Do not Celebrate Ethiopian New Year Yared Ayicheh

September 11th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Last week a family friend invited me to spend Ethiopian New Years eve at his home. I thought about how to respond to the invitation. Why would I celebrate Ethiopian New Year’s eve?

After thinking about it, I told the friend, “I do not celebrate Ethiopian New Year”. My friend was puzzled at my response. Why was he puzzled? Why did he expect me to celebrate Ethiopian New Year? Just because I am Ethiopian does it mean I will celebrate Ethiopian New Year?

During the months leading to the Ethiopian Millennium celebrations there was an article on the BBC website trying to explain why Ethiopians are seven years behind the rest of the world.

One statement that struck me was the statement made by the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox church. Abuna Paulos said that Ethiopians are “not inclined for any reformations, specially when it comes to religion. They are very much loyal … because of this, they have been isolated to their faith and they have maintained their own traditions.” (1)

Ultra Conservatism

Putting aside political bias against Abuna Paulos, I believe he has made an important observation about Ethiopians that we are indeed resistant to reformation. There is a tendency among many of us to feel that Ethiopia is the nucleus of the world. Our cultural conditioning combined with isolation from the rest of the world has created an egocentric self image for Ethiopians.

For many of us, Ethiopia has been romanticized so much so that we don’t even dare to criticize Ethiopia and anything Ethiopian. We feel Ethiopia is a divine identity that is too sacred to be touched or looked down up on.

Open Minded Ethiopians

When I told my friend that I will not attend his Ethiopian New Year’s eve party he may have been disappointed. I think he did not even expect I would say “I don’t celebrate Ethiopian New Year”. That lack of expectation from him is what pushed me to write this article.

Ethiopians are not identical. There are many Ethiopians that are progressive and radical in their thinking. There are Ethiopians who question the Ethiopian identity itself. I am one of them. I have no allegiance to an identity. I believe everything is open for constructive criticism.

Identity is not solid. Identity can be molded, adjusted, rejected and evolved. It is true that some people are less flexible than others; however, we are all influenced to various degrees by the cultural exposures we experience in Diaspora.

Don’t Ride a Dead Horse, Abandon It

While living in Diaspora I have no reason to try to cling to holidays that do not add value to my life. Why would I need to hold on to something even when it has no emotional value to me!? Letting go of the things I don’t need, and adapting to life in Diaspora not only adds value to my life, but it also makes me healthy – less stress.

The extreme attachment many Ethiopians have to our country is not necessarily out of love for our country, but rather it is a sign of our emotional challenges and struggles to redefine our selves in Diaspora. Perhaps the greatest loss to we immigrants may be trying to hold on to the past thinking it is the present, and not enjoying our life in Diaspora.

My fellow Ethiopians, if you live your life thinking “One day I will go back to Ethiopia”, please remember there is no PAUSE button on life. Live your life to the fullest, this is your life. Embrace your adapted country as your second country, treasure your Ethiopian heritage, and yet, don’t let your memory about Ethiopia hold you back from enjoying your life in Diaspora.

1 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6978629.stm

The writer may be reached at yared_to_the_point@yahoo.com

  1. ደርቤ ቀጀላ
    | #1

    I think this person is confused so much.

    He can go hell. He has no right at all to make a negative propaganda on our calander and tradtion. Let he dance to the tune of his white masters in adapted cpountry. There he is a real slave. Isn’t he? Indeed a lost wild animal and stingy beast.
    Yes! he can embrace his adopted country. However,the truth of the matter is that he is regarded as a very stupid moneky.
    Does he know not that Only Europeans are the creator of civilization and culture?
    Any non White way of life is dumed to be laughed at.
    Stop your nonesense.

    Viva Ethiopia!!
    Happy new year to Abugida and all genuine Ethiopians all over the world! God bless you!!
    Enqutatash! melkam adis Amet
    እንቁጣጣሽ
    መልካም ኣዲስ ኣመት ለኢትዮጵያዉያን!!!!!
    ደርቤ ቀጀላ
    ዘብሔረ ሐረርጌ
    ጆሌ ወበራ

  2. gragn Ahmed
    | #2

    There are certain things that keep me wondering whether Ethiopian so called Kings really were true Ethiopians Patriotic. Whether the priests of the so called Orthodox church were patriotic. Whether hiding once true identity in the Royal circles was any good for the country. Whether we really are true to our conscience that Ethiopia isa great nation as told and believed by many. Why the history of Ethiopia of the past is painted gold and diamond while we as a people were taken and enslaved in many parts of the World and found our selves in many historical documents of past Empires and their chronicles and philosophers? Why is it that we tend to search for the belonging to a great nation?

    Why we hide our Arab identity? Why we hide our African heritage sometimes? Why we appear confused, rootless andmisguided.

    Do we consider the Geeze alphabet as invention of indigenoeus Ethiopia? or was it Greek or some Syrian Monk or was it our Arabic or or was it our African heritage that takes the credit? Why are we ashamed to give our history the place it deserves? Why is Mekuria, Tekletsadik so loyal to his Masters when he wrote history?

    The point is we are unable to know our identity and we are a slave to those who tell us to go and celebrate flag day, unity day, federal victory day or Adwa day. We despise the West yet we are cowards when it comes to protecting our heritage in diaspora be it at work or whatever. We despise other African yet we are no better.

    In a nutshell, we really need to be patriotic not nationalists. Even I sometimes we have people called nationalists. We instead have ultraconservatives loyal to subjugation of ideas in promoting their own egoistic satity.

    What should we do?

    1. Scholars need to come forward and critically analyse the implication of our past habits and cultures and psychology. Be open minded and entertain even ideas that seem insurmountable or ahead of their time.

    2. Journalists need to educate us on merits of being a progressive nation especially when it comes to unity of diverse people. We lost Eritrea and we claim we still Ethiopians or we love Ethiopia? We lost djibouti and we still acknowledge Menelik II as Emeye? Really?

    A friend asked me when the New Year was and he was a different religion and I responded I don’t know and he too did not know. Was September 11 or September 10. As I write this comment I still don;t know even though I painted sheets of paper with colors and collected ye Adeyer Abeba and handed it to old folks, I no more harbor that feeling after learning the systematic abuse, discrimination and exclusion of Ethiopians based on religion alone. Al though some may feel this is unwaranted I am convninced that our nation has no thinkers. May be a BIT OF TSEGAYE GEBREMEDHIN. I still maintain thatthe reason why we lack people like Mandela in our country is due to our loyalty to the Church that does not tolerate descent.
    3. Writers, novelists should openly criticize those that are holding us back be it the Chruch or abusive leaders not from the political angel but from the prospect of a thriving nation. A nation that stands with a dream of average Ethiopians.
    4. Study openly how the democratic system of Oromo people disappeared in the face of feudalistic Amara cultured Royal Ethiopia.

    5. Talk about thorny issues in a positive way such as ethnic and religion issues. In other words, make Ethiopia a healthy place for debate.

    6. Stop warlord mentality and excessive nationalism and preach harmony based on real discussion and trust. Stop using forceful words to stop secessionist ideas. In a nutshell we need a new generation a new Ethiopia. A friend told me there are few converts from Ethiopian background in Middle East than other Africans. This tells much how rigid our mentality is. We tend to resist eve in the face of good positive out comes. No one should be alienated for showing patriotism when protesting against some of old habits. Where was Axum stelle and who built it? Who built Lalibela and so forth?????

    We have our enemy which is poverty and our past whatever glory will not save us from Globalized economy? Who will take us there??????

  3. Sheger
    | #3

    I think you have lost a button or a point in your life other wise you would not have said this. Sorry what ever it is.

    It is the Jewish calendar bay the way. And we are mostly half Jewish people. And we can take pride of what we are
    Proud of it is nobody elses business. And pride has nothing to do with ego and looking down on some body. And we are
    Proud of who we are no matter where we live and we just live like any body, enjoy life when we could. It dent also
    Mean that just because you are in your country that thinks are always OK.

    But this is a very small talk if you know what I mean. This kind of talks usually comes from small kind of people.

    I am surprised I responded to you. May be it will open your eyes or mind or heart. Where ever your respect and love
    Comes from. You want to be some body or some body els? It is up to you. None of our business.

  4. gragn Ahmed
    | #4

    There are certain things that keep me wondering whether the Ethiopian so called Kings really were true Ethiopians and Patriotic. Whether the priests of the so called Orthodox church were patriotic. Whether hiding once true identity in the Royal circles such as his Oromo or Islamic roots was any good for the country. Whether we really are true to our conscience that Ethiopia was a great nation as told and believed by many. Why the history of Ethiopia of the past is painted gold and diamond while we as a people were taken and enslaved in many parts of the World and found our selves in many historical documents of past Empires and their chronicles and philosophers? Look at history of Lukman and Bilal and many darker Indians. Why is it that we tend to search for a great nation that was in Ethiopia?
    Why we hide our Arab identity? Why we hide our African heritage sometimes? Why we appear confused, rootless and misguided in diaspora?
    Do we consider the Geeze alphabet as invention of indigenoeus Ethiopia? or was it Greek or some Syrian Monk or was it our Arabic or was it our African heritage that takes the credit? Why are we ashamed to give our history the place it deserves? Why was Mekuria, Tekletsadik so loyal to his Masters, like many historians, when he wrote history?
    The point is we are unable to know our identity and we are a slave to those who tell us to go and celebrate flag day, unity day, federal victory day or Adwa day. We despise the West yet we are cowards when it comes to protecting our heritage in diaspora be it at work or whatever. We despise other Africans yet we are no better.
    In a nutshell, we really need to be patriotic not nationalists. Even I sometimes doubt if we Ethiopian people can be called nationalists or at least some of us. I instead believe we have ultraconservatives who are loyal to subjugation of ideas to promote their own egoistic satity.
    What should we do?
    1. Scholars need to come forward and critically analyse the implication of our past habits and cultures and psychology. Be open minded and even entertain ideas that seem insurmountable or ahead of their time. Are we open to hip hop but not to other ideas???
    2. Journalists need to educate us on merits of being a progressive nation especially when it comes to unity of diverse people. We lost Eritrea and still we claim we have Ethiopian and love Ethiopia? We lost Djibouti and yet we glorify Menelik II as Emeye? Really?
    A friend asked me when the New Year was( he was christian) and I responded I don’t know. So we both did not know. “Is it September 11 or September 10?” I added. As I write this comment I still don’t know even though i remembe in my childhood I painted sheets of paper with colors and collected ” ye Adeyer Abeba” and handed it to old folks, I no more harbor that feeling after learning the systematic abuse, discrimination and exclusion of Ethiopians based on religion alone especially at a national level. Al though some may feel this is unwaranted, I am convninced that many others share this view. We as a nation have no thinkers that lead us into the 21 century. May be a BIT OF TSEGAYE GEBREMEDHIN. Is Debebe Eshetu the answer? No. I still maintain tha tthe reason why we lack such people like Mandela in our country is due to the loyalty of some Ethiopians to the Church that does not tolerate descent.

    3. Writers, novelists should openly criticize those that are holding us back be it the Chruch or abusive leaders not from the political angel but from the prospect of a thriving nation. A nation that stands with a dream of average Ethiopians.

    4. Study critically and openly how the democratic system of Oromo people disappeared in the face of feudalistic Amara cultured Royal Ethiopia.
    5. Talk about thorny issues in a positive way such as ethnic and religion issues. In other words, make Ethiopia a healthy place for debate.
    6. Stop warlord mentality and excessive nationalism and preach harmony based on real discussion and trust. Stop using forceful words to stop secessionist ideas. In a nutshell, we need a new generation a new Ethiopia. A friend told me there are few converts from Ethiopian background in Middle East than other Africans. This tells much how rigid our mentality is. We tend to resist even in the face of good positive out comes. No one should be alienated for showing patriotism when protesting against some of old habits. Where was Axum stelle and who built it? Who built Lalibela and so forth?????
    We have our enemy which is poverty and our past whatever glory we had which I strongly don’t believe in will not save us from Globalized Economy? Who will take us there??????

    7. Dissociate the Church from Ethiopianess and government. We have to write a lot about this openly as well if we ned change however unlike we may thibk it is to do so.

    IN SUMMARY, ETHIOPIAN CHURCH IS THE PROBLEM WITH ALL THOSE ASSOCIATED MYTHICAL AND MYSTICAL STORIES.

  5. Child play
    | #5

    I’ve a feeling the writer must be married to non Ethiopian that makes him/her uncomfortable celebrating the Ethiopian tradition. This writer doesn’t deserve a reply. If Jews, Irish, Italian, Hispanics, and other ethnic Americans still keep their culture and traditions, why not Ethiopians?

  6. ዙሉ
    | #6

    @gragn Ahmed
    Those are great points brother/sister!

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    I see from on the article “why i dont celebrate Ethiopian new year..’that this guy has lack of self esteem or he has an inferiority complex and this showst that he is one of those who are ashamed of being an Ethiopian But the good news is he doesnt have any right to tell us not to celebrate our new year and the ferenjis new year as well.Like the commentator before me ,I dont want to say Go to H… rather i would say Go to Ethiopia At least somebody will teach him somethimg to be proud of this Old and historical country .

  8. Ali Jamaa
    | #8

    Gragn Ahmed:

    You don’t even realize that you are insulting yourself. This is not an Al-Shabaab website knucklehead. To all of you Ethiopian brothers and sisters!!! I am a Muslim and a Somali from the Issa tribe. My people have lived with you for centuries. We have had skirmishes and conflicts in the past even in the days of Emperor Haile Selassie. But our quarrels were always treated as those between members of a big family. We never sought the help of outsiders like the kin and kits of this knucklehead from Mogadishu. That was until 1997 when the big mouth Siad Barre sent his felons to intervene with out anyone’s invitation. They killed citizens indiscriminately. They even killed hundreds and thousands of students who fled the Derg’s persecution. They just lined them up and shot them mercilessly. They used them as target practice by their newly recruited militias. One of such innocent victims was my childhood friend who I went to school together. His name was Girma Taddesse. He was 12-13 years old. I still remember him as if it was yesterday. We used to do train surfing together (we called it harfaa) and took a dip in some of the local ponds. RIP my friend!!! There were many hundreds like him. They killed him because he was an Amhara/Christian. I heard about his fate when I was still living in Erer. My people heard all that atrocities and it did not take us more than a month to drive out those barbaric felons from Mogadishu. They used to brag about being descendants of Ahmed Gragn (They used to call him as Ahmed Garowe; they did not even know his real name). You must be shamed for calling yourself as such. And above all, this is not an Al-Sbaab website. Get lost!!!! Beat it!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Nile
    | #9

    Well said Gragn Ahmed!!
    I myself is from a family of orthodox christian but I do not like the way Ethiopianism and the Orthodox church intertwined.Actually this is not special to Ethiopia.If you go to the middle East ,it is much more worse and very difficult to differentiate between muslim religion and and the individual countries !!

  10. Proud Ethiopian
    | #10

    First and foremost–Inqutatash to all Ethiopians around the world!
    Beware my friends, beware of woyanies who go around pretending to be other ethnic groups or as Muslims, Christians and historians to divide and rule and rob the country and take the focus from the real TPLF criminals. It is beyond me some of you still question thousands years of Ethiopian history. Isayas and Melse main goal was and still is for Ethiopians to be divided and question their identity and bring hate among Amharas, Oromos and Ethiopian Christians and Muslims. It is hard to believe that after what we all have seen and witnessed the works of the two evil blood cousins in the last twenty plus years, some of you still haven’t grabbed or come to realize that their main goal was/is to keep Ethiopians divided by race and religion while they are literally dismantling Ethiopia a piece at a time. The bad news to some of you who have been easily brainwashed to believe the made up history lessons of Isayass and Melese is that, Ethiopians are more mixed than you will ever realize. Again, you knuckleheads need to get it in your little brain that Haile Selassie was a mixed Ethiopian from Amhara, Guragae, Oromos and also a Christian and Muslim.

  11. true
    | #11

    Mr. Yared,

    Is another person working for TPLF/Liberation FRonts/Evangelists to destroy and to start the thread of questioning Ethiopia’s sovereignty. Shame on you. Why don’t you look around the world? How many countries are proud of their culture and still celebrate their religion? Well, in that case you should be telling other nations who follow Orthodox faith such as Greece, Egypt not to celebrate their New year. If you embrace the complete Western idelogy then fine but don’t spread propoganda telling people to lose their pride, identitiy, etc, yes you think you are “educated” so you have to impose your twisted on others. Yes indeed it is the so called educated that are the cause of our country’s problem. Leave the people to be proud of who they are if you have identity issue you deal with yours.

    Well people,

    The work of dismantling Ethiopia is on the way. Now they are coming in the form of Yared to lose ourselves. You Liberation Fronts decide, once you claim your nation, you will still be under outsiders mark my word. So, then you will completely lose your identity and I say good riddance. Well carve away with propoganda that is anti Ethiopian, yes if you attack the culture, tradition, way of life, religion of Ethiopia yes you are anti Ethiopian and have agenda.

  12. true
    | #12

    Look we lost our identity, look around if you say not even attack, say one word that threatens countries such as Israel, Turkey, U.S, etc, they will preemtive strike on you. They are right because what ever you thought in your mind is a pre condition to your ultimate agenda and carving the road away to people like Gragn Ahmed above. That is why I love the Somalis from Ogaden they are more Ethiopian than the OLF and the so called TPLF, etc. The Ogaden in fact have the legitimate right to fight this fascist government.

  13. Gragn Ahmed
    | #13

    Please don’t misconstrue my statements. I said nothing about any one killing another one. I like Gragn Ahmed because he united us. You may disagree. I also think that my suggestion to unite Ethiopia based on equality and the rule of law and choice and not force. Have we not ost Eritrea nd Djibouti. Infact I want the unity of Gragn Ahmed’s time the teritory that stretches far and beyond. If we resist open culture it will lead us into conflict and stagnation and misery and bitterness.

  14. Religious Freedom
    | #14

    Gragn Ahmed,
    Try to walk on someone’s shoes, how would you like it if some one forced you to change your religion or loose your life? Don’t forget that Millions of Ethiopians had been massacred during Gragn Ahmed era because they didn’t want to convert to Islam. Let’s all celebrate and be thankful that we have a religious freedom.

  15. santos
    | #15

    @Gragn Ahmed
    Some of these people don’t understand unity based on respect and tolerance to one another.

    They preach unity and yet they undermine the views of those they don’t agree with as unEthiopian.

    Keep up speaking up!

  16. Negash
    | #16

    gragn Ahmed :
    There are certain things that keep me wondering whether the Ethiopian so called Kings really were true Ethiopians and Patriotic. Whether the priests of the so called Orthodox church were patriotic. Whether hiding once true identity in the Royal circles such as his Oromo or Islamic roots was any good for the country. Whether we really are true to our conscience that Ethiopia was a great nation as told and believed by many. Why the history of Ethiopia of the past is painted gold and diamond while we as a people were taken and enslaved in many parts of the World and found our selves in many historical documents of past Empires and their chronicles and philosophers? Look at history of Lukman and Bilal and many darker Indians. Why is it that we tend to search for a great nation that was in Ethiopia?
    Why we hide our Arab identity? Why we hide our African heritage sometimes? Why we appear confused, rootless and misguided in diaspora?
    Do we consider the Geeze alphabet as invention of indigenoeus Ethiopia? or was it Greek or some Syrian Monk or was it our Arabic or was it our African heritage that takes the credit? Why are we ashamed to give our history the place it deserves? Why was Mekuria, Tekletsadik so loyal to his Masters, like many historians, when he wrote history?
    The point is we are unable to know our identity and we are a slave to those who tell us to go and celebrate flag day, unity day, federal victory day or Adwa day. We despise the West yet we are cowards when it comes to protecting our heritage in diaspora be it at work or whatever. We despise other Africans yet we are no better.
    In a nutshell, we really need to be patriotic not nationalists. Even I sometimes doubt if we Ethiopian people can be called nationalists or at least some of us. I instead believe we have ultraconservatives who are loyal to subjugation of ideas to promote their own egoistic satity.
    What should we do?
    1. Scholars need to come forward and critically analyse the implication of our past habits and cultures and psychology. Be open minded and even entertain ideas that seem insurmountable or ahead of their time. Are we open to hip hop but not to other ideas???
    2. Journalists need to educate us on merits of being a progressive nation especially when it comes to unity of diverse people. We lost Eritrea and still we claim we have Ethiopian and love Ethiopia? We lost Djibouti and yet we glorify Menelik II as Emeye? Really?
    A friend asked me when the New Year was( he was christian) and I responded I don’t know. So we both did not know. “Is it September 11 or September 10?” I added. As I write this comment I still don’t know even though i remembe in my childhood I painted sheets of paper with colors and collected ” ye Adeyer Abeba” and handed it to old folks, I no more harbor that feeling after learning the systematic abuse, discrimination and exclusion of Ethiopians based on religion alone especially at a national level. Al though some may feel this is unwaranted, I am convninced that many others share this view. We as a nation have no thinkers that lead us into the 21 century. May be a BIT OF TSEGAYE GEBREMEDHIN. Is Debebe Eshetu the answer? No. I still maintain tha tthe reason why we lack such people like Mandela in our country is due to the loyalty of some Ethiopians to the Church that does not tolerate descent.
    3. Writers, novelists should openly criticize those that are holding us back be it the Chruch or abusive leaders not from the political angel but from the prospect of a thriving nation. A nation that stands with a dream of average Ethiopians.
    4. Study critically and openly how the democratic system of Oromo people disappeared in the face of feudalistic Amara cultured Royal Ethiopia.
    5. Talk about thorny issues in a positive way such as ethnic and religion issues. In other words, make Ethiopia a healthy place for debate.
    6. Stop warlord mentality and excessive nationalism and preach harmony based on real discussion and trust. Stop using forceful words to stop secessionist ideas. In a nutshell, we need a new generation a new Ethiopia. A friend told me there are few converts from Ethiopian background in Middle East than other Africans. This tells much how rigid our mentality is. We tend to resist even in the face of good positive out comes. No one should be alienated for showing patriotism when protesting against some of old habits. Where was Axum stelle and who built it? Who built Lalibela and so forth?????
    We have our enemy which is poverty and our past whatever glory we had which I strongly don’t believe in will not save us from Globalized Economy? Who will take us there??????
    7. Dissociate the Church from Ethiopianess and government. We have to write a lot about this openly as well if we ned change however unlike we may thibk it is to do so.
    IN SUMMARY, ETHIOPIAN CHURCH IS THE PROBLEM WITH ALL THOSE ASSOCIATED MYTHICAL AND MYSTICAL STORIES.

  17. Negash
    | #17

    Gragn Ahmed
    ከላይ ያናሳሃቸው ነጥቦች በጣም አስፈላጊዎች ናቸው:: በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ እውነትን መናገር ዋጋ ያስከፍላል:: እውነትን መናገር ብቻ ሳይሆን ራስን ሆኖ የራስን አቋም ማንጸባረቅ ራሱ አደጋ አለው:: ብዙዎች እነሱ የሚሉትን ከኋላቸው ካልደገምክላቸው እንደጠላት ያዩሃል:: እንዲህ አድርገው ነው አገራችንን ሽባና የአለም ጭራ አድርገው ያስቀሩዋት:: እኔ ባነሳሃቸው ነጥቦች ላይ ሙሉ በሙሉ እስማማለሁ:: ኢትዮጵያ እንደአገር መቀጠል የምትችለው ዜጎች በነጻነትና በንጹህ አእምሮ ሃሳባቸውን መግለጽ የሚችሉበት መድረክ ሲፈጠርባት ነው::

  18. helen
    | #18

    The writer seems to have some deep rooted hate towards his culture, calendar or festivity. Comon, new year celebration is no more than festivity and family event. it won’t harm anyone. infact it is a means to socialize and celebrate the creation of our earth, ourselves etc.

    In regard to Ahmed Gragn, i agree to most of the things he said. fanaticism and too much of conservatism is a source of poverty, failure and disasters. I am Orthodox and from the most ultra-conservative ethnic group that advocates it. In my view, that attitude is changing through exposure to better thinking and education. But i do not want to lose my culture and heritage such as new-year, faskika, gena etc. that is my right and i don’t think i should be criticized by some crazed, inferior and brainwashed little soul for it

  19. And Ethiopia
    | #19

    Yared i don’t know what kind of inferiority you have but please keep your small head inside your cave. If you’re ashamed of being Ethiopian you shouldn’t call yourself Ethiopian and visit Ethiopian sites, there are a lot of African brothers ashamed of their identities, they can welcome you in their communities; they will be glad to add a member to their group. Please don’t spill your inferior poisoned thoughts to others. Keep it to yourself and family.
    Ethiopia lezelalem tenur!

  20. ምኞት
    | #20

    @And Ethiopia
    ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም ትኑር ስንል ይሄው ኤርትራ ተገነጠለች:: ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም መኖር አትችልም:: እንኳን ኢትዮጵያ ሮምም ለዘላለም አልኖረችም::

    በመፈክር እና በድንፋታ አገር አይኖርም:: በምክንያታዊነትና በአይምሮ ነው አገር መኖር የሚችለው::

    ባዶ ኩራት ለምንም አላበቃንም:: አሁንም ለማኞች : ስደተኞች : ባሮች : በሽተኞች : ድሆች ነን::

    አይምሮውን የሚጠቀም ሰው በኢትዮጵያ አይኮራም : ያዝናል ይሽማቀቃል እንጂ:: እርሶ የአይምሮ በሽተኛ ሊሆኑ ይችላሉ:: ለዛ ይሆን በባዶ የሚኮሩት?!

  21. ምኞት
    | #21

    @helen
    83% of Ethiopians live in the rural areas. Out of those the great majority are illiterate and unexposed to differing views. So, I am not sure where you got the idea that Ethiopians are changing?!

    Please have some courage to criticize your own culture too. Being a coward when it comes to oneself is immaturity.

  22. true
    | #22

    Proud Ethiopian,

    So true. We must not be emotional and insult our brothers and sisters of Oromos, Amaras, Gurage Tigray, etc, and Muslims and Christians and so on. After all, the annanymous commnetators here are most likely Shaebia and TPLF to divide and destroy Ethiopia. I also suspect OLF who want to divide Ethiopia. I don’t think even ONLF will resort in such a thing. I have never heard them say any bad thing towards Ethiopia except their legitimate right to self determination. Yet, they are far kin to us than any of those jokers the Liberatona fronts and Shaebia. The enemy within is the worst thing. Take for example, the recent article written on BBC to divide the Oromos and Amaras and insulting our king Menilik. We must be careful not to attack others and insight violence. For instance, Gragn Mohammed is most likely one of the Liberation Fronts and Islam extremist, who has not respect for the hisotry of Ethiopia what the real Gragn Mohammed did to Christians. He is sending an insult message to Ethiopian Orthodx christians that have thrived for centuries and it is in fact an insult to his own leader Mohammed, his people have been saved by Ethiopia’s Orthodox kingdom and till this day Islam thrivied because of that. If it wasnt for the king, Islam would have disappeared. Shame on you Gragn Mohammed, you can never be Ethiopa’s friend with that name or Ethiopian for that matter. You have to respect all kinds of Ethiopians.

    Beware of Gragn Ahmed, first of all, I will never listen to the opinon of Gran Ahmede with that nick name. He is not here to make peace on this blog but insight christian vs muslim and trying to remind us with that nick name Islam will crush Ethiopapian christian orthodox, with that name he is not uniting but dividng and insighting violence. No matter how all of the sudden he seems to comment in moderate way look at what her used to write in the past.

  23. rezene kadissaba
    | #23

    Gash Yared – well said.
    If you look a little closer and speak more frank; Ethiopians abroad stick to Eth issues, eventhough they are far from being informed is; just my observation no study here:
    they found mainstream America or Europe very complex and hard to pernetrate. They beat Eth politiics hard because they find it easy and as a scape away from the challenges of life in the west. They think Eth is still that old; poor and never changing story. So they rather work easy stuff ( no school ) and complain about Eth gov as if they have more right than its tax payers or voters. I say try to be more succesful in your adopted country and then its even easier to move back to Eth if you still want to move back. We joke in Adds – all the diaspora who afford to move back is already here. The rest is broke:)So I appreciate your ability to be frank and try to do this more often. cheers

  24. Negash
    | #24

    @And Ethiopia
    What a stupid and nonsense comment!

    እንዳንተ ያሉት ስልጣን ላይ ቢወጡማ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ፈረደበት ማለት ነው! የዚህ ጽሁፍ አቅራቢ ሳይሆን ከዚህ ዌብ-ሳይት መጥፋት ያለበት አንተው ራስህ ነህ::

  25. Zerayakob Yared
    | #25

    እዚህ አርእስት ስር አስተያየት ‘ከምትለግሱት’ ውስጥ ስንቶቻችሁ ናችሁ የአዲሱ ጀብሃዊ ቄንጥ ተከታዮች?

    አዲሱ ጀብሃዊው ቄንጥ: ካለው ገቢ 2%ቱን ወደ ኤርትራ ያስተላልፍና 80%ቱን ደግሞ ወደ አዲስ-መቐለ ተሸክሞ ገብቶ ቤት ገዝቶ ወደ ፈረንጁ (እንዲሁም አረቡ) ዓለም ተመልሶ መምጣት:: ለማስመሰል ያህል ደግሞ ፈንጅ አገሮች ዘንዳ የኢትዮጵያውያን አስተናጋጅ መስሎ ሽር-ጉድ ማብዛት:: በየዌቡ ላይ ግን ኢትዮጵያዊ የመሰለ ስምን በማንገት በኢትዮጵያ ላይ መዝመት!!

    ድብቁ ተስፋ: መንፈሴ የተሸማቀቀ ስለሆነ, በሌሎችም ዘንዳ የማሸማቀቅ ውዥንብርን ሳስፋፋ ብቻ ነው እኩልነት የሚሰማኝ, የሚለው መምሎጭለጭ::

    ይሄንንም መምሎጭለጭ ኢትዮጵያውያን በቀላሉ ስለሚደርሱበት ለረጂሙ አያገለግልም!!

    የኢትዮጵያ ተጠቃሚ ለመሆን, ይልቁንስ በግልፅ ልባዊ ፀፀት ማቅረቡ ለረጂሙ ያገለግላል!!

    Unity in diversity ለሚለው የኢትዮጵያውያን ዘለቄታዊው ህልውናችን በእንደዚህ ብቻ ነው አወንታዊ አስተዋፅኦ የምንጠብቀው!! ከዚህ ውጭ የሚደረገው ሁሉ ቀኑን ጠብቆ በራስ ላይ ተመልሶ ስለሚጥወለወል, ይታሰብበት!

  26. Anonymous
    | #26

    The past is the basis for the present and the future bases on the present.

  27. the observer….
    | #27

    hey wait a minute….some story why ethiopian new year is eight years be hind the gregorian…as the saying goes..a gov,t official was sent to bethlehem to officiate the birthof christ by the council of the church…inshort the journey took eight years to and fro…and when the council heard this they voted to celebrate the birth of christ from the time they were informed by the messenger….

  28. Beki
    | #28

    What a flash idea! I believe you are right and i shall surrender my self to it but without those you mentioned unwise attachements who do think i call myself?

  29. Thank God for Choice
    | #29

    My guess is that, the writer is an Evangelical Christian that is married to a non-Ethiopian. I’ve met quiet a few Ethiopians who are members of Evangelical Christians who are taught to believe and think that singing Ethiopian traditional songs and dancing traditional dance is considered one of the biggest sins, even at the celebration of their weddings they sing Gospel hymns. They are also taught to believe that the Ethiopian Christmas, Easter and the New Year are celebrated on the wrong dates and the Ethiopian converters are literally taught to believe that the Orthodox [they prefer to call it Coptic] and Catholics are not Christians and in fact some consider it as a CULT. Most Ethiopian Evangelical Christians feel the same way as the writer. Some prefer to celebrate only European Holidays and some choose to celebrate both the tradition of Ethiopian and European Holidays.

  30. Zerayakob Yared
    | #30

    ሁለቱም ሮማውያን ናቸው:: Julius Caesar and Papst Gregor !

    Julianischer (‘Äthiopischer’)und Gregorianischer(‘የፈረንጆች’) የዘመን መቁጠሪያ!

    ነገሩ ብዙም የሚያነታርክ ጉዳይ የለውም:: የምሽንን ጡጦ በማግን ቁጥር ግን ያለ-የሌለ ጣጣዎችን ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ማምጣት የለብንም:: Unity in diversity!(በጀርመን -የሉተር አገር-ፕሮፓጋንዳ: Leben und leben lassen! ይባላል)

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