ST GUEBRIEL PILGRIMAGE/ KULEBI

 

 

While making prayers to see a certain dream fulfilled, there is this unique practice adopted by many Orthodox Christians. In stead of just making prayers, many Ethiopian orthodox christians make promises to Angels, Saints, God... by saying that if their prayers were come true they will give cash, an item or take part in a pilgrimage. This is called Selet.

 Believers say that Selets tend to come true when they are made, among others, to Saint Guebriel. While there are many churches built to honor st Guebriel, there is this particular church to which many people make pilgrimages every year: the Kulebi Guebriel Church in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopians from all corners ( even the diaspora) make the journey to the small town of kulebi to honor Saint Guebriel. The pilgrimage to the town not far from Harrar ( about 500 kilometers from Addis) consists of hundreds of thousands walking kilometers to go to Kulebi. While the 19th of every month( Ethiopian calendar) is dedicated to Saint Guebriel by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the ones in June and November are highly celebrated at Kulebi.

At Kulebi you will see countless people walking dressed in white, spend the night with traditional candle light singing in unison. You'll see items ranging from bundles of cash to gold being thrown in a huge hole as a form of thanks giving.

 

 

Special Places to go to: As mentionned this particular pilgrimage takes place at Kulebi. If you plan to visit Harar make sure that it coincides with one of the 2 dates of the annual pilgrimages. As transport ( both air and ground) are normally booked to capacity, we suggest that you visit Harar first and schedule attending the pilgrimage on your way back.

 Exact dates of Kulebi pilgrimage in the year in 2013: November and June 27

 

 Related links

- BUHE BONFIRE

- MESKEL DAMERA CEREMONY

- EPIPHANY

- ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR

- ERECHA OF THE OROMO

- ST GUEBRIEL PILGRIMAGE

- BODE CEREMONY

- BULL JUMPING CEREMONY

 

 

 

 

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