Ethiopian is known for unique and festive holidays. Most of the holidays are religious based. Among these religious celebrations, "Genna", Ethiopian Christmas, is one of them.
Ethiopia still retains the ancient Julian calendar in which Christmas falls on 7 January (of the Gregorian calendar). The Ethiopian name given to Christmas is 'Ledet' or 'Genna '. Genna is quietly shared and celebrated in groups of friends and family like other festivals in Ethiopia. Gift giving is a very small part of Christmas festivities in Ethiopia. Only small gifts are exchanged among family and friends at home. The joy of giving and sharing extends beyond religious beliefs and spreads the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind throughout the world.
In the video, you can see the late Emperor Haile Selassie hosting a Christmas Celebration at The Great Palace forty-five years ago with honored guests and governmental officials. The video shows how much Ethiopians value their traditional holidays and this has been passed down through generations.