Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Today we celebrated Ethiopian Christmas. Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa. It still follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth is called Ganna (pronouncing the first a either like the a in mat or the u in hut). It is a day when families attend church.
Our family really looks forward to being able to celebrate this part of Blessing #5’s heritage we were thankful that our oldest 2 were still home from college for this. We make all the traditional Ethiopian foods for the celebration except the injera bread (we order teff only-yummy). We use the handmade tablecloth and baskets we bought while in Ethiopia. This year for little guy we made shiro, chickpea and sweet potato wat, misir wat (his favorite), doro wat, alecha to eat with the injera. Our girls like to wear the dresses we bought them there also.
We start the meal off with hand washing - using the pot we got while in Ethiopia.
The wat recipes are basically thick stew type dishes that you pick up with the injera to eat. So good! After the meal we serve popcorn with Ethiopian coffee.