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Happy Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day!!!

08 Dec

Today is the 7th Nations, Nationalities & People’s Day in Ethiopia. To celebrate, yesterday at my primary school in Aman a program was held highlighting many of the traditional dances of Ethiopia. The videos below show some of my favorites. I’m not sure which region or area most of the dances come from except for the local one which is from the Bench people where I live here in southwest Ethiopia. According to my favorite reliable source for information Wiki states that, “The SNNPR (Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region; where I live), being an amalgam of the main homelands of numerous ethnicities, contains over 45 indigenous ethnic groups.” Being so diverse, the celebrations that were held at my primary school yesterday were very intriguing and taught me a lot about the different traditional dances common to many of the ethnic groups here in Ethiopia. Enjoy!

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