Ethiopia - Lalibela - 2018

Coptic Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on January 7 according to the Julian calendar that pre-dates the commonly observed Gregorian calendar. A picture-report from a special day.
Lalibela - Ethiopia  Mingle with the locals - January 7, 2018 Lalibela  Christmas mass at 08h00am around the rock-hewn church of Beyte Maryam at Lalibela - January 7, 2018 - Lalibela Lalibela  An unexpected wonder in Lalibela is this rock-hewn church. January 7, 2018 - Lalibela Lalibela  Street life - Lalibela - January 6, 2018
Lalibela  Left Lalibela on a day trip just after Christmas with just the driver, guide and myself. I decided to fill up the otherwise empty minivan with pelgrims hiking for hours under the Ethiopian sun back to their villages. January 8, 2018 - Lalibela. Lalibela  People started to chant and sing in the minivan out of happiness since we gave them a ride, avoiding the day-long hike to their villages. - January 8, 2018 - Lalibela. Pilgrims  Pilgrims spending the night under the sky - january 6, 2018 Lalibela-12  Christmas eve according the Julian calendar on january 6.
Lalibela  On a day trip to Yimrhane Kristos, we stopped at this small village where I decided to buy pencils for these kids - Lalibela - january 8, 2018. The club of Pilgrims  Posing with the pilgrims whom I gave a ride to their villages. - January 8, 2018 Lalibela  I decided to buy a bottle of water to each one of these folks - January 8, 2018 Lalibela-27  Downtown Lalibela - January 8, 2018
Yemrehanna Kristos  The interior of Yemrehanna Kristos is divided into a nave and two side aisles by masonry pillars and arches, with a domed sanctuary on the east end. All interior wood surfaces, including the paneled ceilings, are elaborately decorated with carved geometric designs and polychrome. January 8, 2018 Lalibela-46  For this little girl, the chanting and drums are too noisy on Christmas day - Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Lalibela-47  Young residents of Lalibela town - January 7, 2018 Church-19  The church of Yemrehanna Kristos is one of Ethiopia's best-preserved late Axumite churches, and is named for a twelfth-century Zagwe priest-king and saint. This dude taking a rest in fornt of the church. January 8, 2018
Lalibela-48  Hello stranger - January 8, 2018 Lalibela-33  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Cool dude - January 8, 2018 Pilgrims  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018
Lalibela  Each of the hundreds of small crosses on his head are for sale. While a piece of his headdress is now decorating my office. January 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Lalibela church  Entering one of the rock hewn churches around Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Lalibela  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018
Lalibela  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Lalibela  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Lalibela  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Pilgrims  On Christmas day pelgrims are chanting, playing music and dancing to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. January 7, 2018
Village-3  Young girls outside Lalibela - january 8, 2018 Cool dude  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018
Pilgrims  Portrait of one of the colourful pilgrims that dotted the streets of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Pilgrims near the church - Lalibela - January 2018 Pilgrims  Christian pilgrims gathering and waiting for Christmas ceremony - January 2018 Pilgrims  Pilgrims reading the bible - January 2018
Lalibela  Ethiopian Christmas celebrate on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Christ's birth is called Ganna - January 2018 Bet Medhane Alem  In front at one of the churches in the northwest cluster of churches in Lalibela Bet Medhane Alem built around 348 BC.   It is the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world. It also houses a so-called fertility pool where blood naked women are lowered into the dirty pit to entirely being underwater as the water in this pool is believed to have the power to render infertile women fertile. women come from all parts of the country on Christmas day as Lalibela is the sole place where this is happening. I witnessed several ladies being lowered into the deep pool just having a rope around their waist. Understandable, I was told not to take images. January 7, 2018. Lalibela-51 Lalibela-50bis  Pelgrim on his way home - January 8, 2018
Church of Lalibela  Christmas In Lalibela, Ethiopia - The Holiest Day in the Holiest City - January 7, 2018 Lalibela-34  Lalibela is a nondescript town of a few dusty streets atop a rugged mountain some 200 miles north of Addis Ababa. But its 11 monolithic churches—carved out of the red volcanic stone in the 12th century, and now a World Heritage Site—are thronged by pilgrims every Christmas - Priest chanting around the main rock hewn church of Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Pelgrims  Ethiopians chanting on Christmas day - January 7, 2018 Lalibela-37  Priest often carry a colourful umbrella - January 7, 2018
Lalibela-42  Thousand of pelgrims flock the streets around Lalibela - January 7, 2018 Lalibela typical homes  Many of the faithful pelgrims will gather around Lalibela on Christmas day - January 7, 2018 Village  We decided to make a "coffee stop" at one of the small village near Yemrehanna Kristos. This cure little girl enjoyed washing my hands. January 8, 2017 Lalibela-52  Pelgrims queing up because the entrance to this rock-hewn church is very narrow. January 7, 2018
Yemrehanna Kristos  Inside Yemrehanna Kristos. All interior wood surfaces, including the paneled ceilings, are elaborately decorated with carved geometric designs and polychrome. January 8, 2018 Lalibela  A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive churches built under King Lalibela out of red volcanic rock. January 7, 2018 Lalibela  Tuk tuk, the local taxi of Lalibela which prices increase on christmas. January 8, 2018 Pilgrims  Christian Pilgrims Dressed In White, Watch The Christmas Day Celebrations At Beite Maryam Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia, january 7, 2018
Pilgrims  Chatting pilgrims on the streets of Lalibela, janury 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Chanting and dancing at the grounds of one of the churches in Lalibela, january 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Taking a rest - January 7, 2018 Pilgrims  Having a picture being taken - January 7, 2018