ETHIOPIAN CHRISTMAS GENNAgenna

On 6-7 January Christmas is celebrated by orthodox Christians in Ethiopia best experienced in lallibela rock hewn chureh. The faithful spent the whole night church service, gangsters play traditional game known as Genna, and horse riding race at the Christmas celebration.

Christmas, called Lidet, is not the primary religious and secular festival that it has become in Western countries. Falling on 7 January, it is celebrated seriously by a church service that goes on throughout the night, with people moving from one church to another. Traditionally, young men played a game similar to hockey, called genna, on this day, and now Christmas has also come to be known by that name.