Ethiopians and nationals of Ethiopia origin celebrated Meskel in Brussels, Belgium.
On the occasion, H.E Ambassador Hirut Zemene represented the Embassy as a guest of honor in lighting up the Demera (bonfire) accompanied by priests, members of the Ethiopian community, and invited guests in Brussels.
Ambassador Hirut wished all Ethiopians around the world a Happy Meskel and Demera Festivity.
Meskel is a UNESCO inlisted intangible heritage of humanity commemorated in memory of the finding of the true cross. According to Ethiopian Orthodox Christian tradition, the national holiday marks the finding of the true cross that Jesus was crucified on. Celebrated on September 27 (Mesekerem 17, according to Ethiopian calendar), this festival has religious and cultural features.