Friday, September 11, 2009

Today...

Today, I bring attention to:

9-11-It is still fresh in my head....I like this quote,

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. ” by President George W. Bush.

and in happier news....Melkam Addis Amet!

Today is also the celebration of the Ethiopian New year (Enkutatash). Enkutatash means the "gift of jewels". When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her bolts by replenishing her treasury with inku or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since this early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside.

But Enkutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday. Today's Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging formal new year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated - in lieu or the traditional bouquet of flowers.

Thinking of Ayana's mom and all the kids in the orphanage. I wish I could be there celebrating with them. I miss Ethiopia!

4 comments:

Holly said...

I think you need a little boy to even things out a bit over in your neck of the woods. Hey, I'm just sayin it would be a good reason to go back :)
big hugs,
Holly

Domestic Goddess said...

I 2nd Holly's motion!!!

Domestic Goddess said...

And I would be more than willing to be the traveling babysitter for the voyage back :)

Amber said...

Holly and Jess,

You guys are funny and yet, I think you are right! :)

AB