Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela

In January this year, I was lucky enough to experience the annual pilgrimage to Lalibela in Northern Ethiopia for the Orthodox Christmas celebration.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church dates from the 4th century and Lalibela, formerly known as Roha, was built as the new Jerusalem by King Lalibela of the Sagwe
dynasty in the 12th Century. I travelled with a wonderful group of people and we spent 6 whole days exploring the town and photographing the pilgrims, the services at the rock hewn churches, village life and the various markets.  All of the population of Lalibela are devout Christians and many pilgrims had walked for three weeks and more to get to the pilgrimage site.  The piety and devotion of the people touched me deeply. Here is a collection of my favourite images from this amazing trip. For more images click here.

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I would like also to mention my assistant and friend Mulugeta Asfaw, pictured below,  and express my gratitude to him for looking after me, serving as interpreter  which enabled me to connect with the villagers and some of the pilgrims and making the trip so special.He is currently completing his guide diploma and I am sure that he will succeed.

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About meerafreeman
I am a cooking teacher, tour leader, cookbook author and passionate photographer. Find out more by visiting my website www.meerafreeman.com.au.

5 Responses to Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela

  1. Mary Thompson says:

    We lived in Eritrea for three years, while it was still part of Ethiopia. One of our trips was to Lalibela and we were amazed by the underground churches and the belief of these people share. Your photos brought back many memories. Thanks you!

  2. Hi Meera, terrific photos on your last trip to Lalibella, would you recommend going there?
    Nice to see you’re still shooting –
    Doug – you’re Canadian friend :)

  3. karen tyrrell says:

    great photos meera ,the place looks amazing Glad to see you blogging again
    Karen.

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