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The nightlife in Ethiopia has been evolving in other countries, especially in the capital city of Addis Ababa. The country may not have a vibrant nightlife scene like other countries but there are various nightlife activities you can enjoy. The activities in the country are a blend of modern and traditional experiences. It is important to note that things have changed in the country with time. In as much as the nightlife scene is not as extensive as in the other countries, there are numerous activities you can enjoy especially during the evenings.
Exploring local neighbourhoods and asking the locals around may lead you to smaller hangouts where people gather to relax and socialize in the evenings.
There are a number of lounges, nightclubs and bars which offer a fusion of music and dance as well as a place to socialize. These venues feature a fusion of modern genres and traditional Ethiopian music.
Ethiopia is well known for its religious and cultural heritage reflected in a variety of events and festivals all through the year. Some of the events celebrated in Ethiopia include Fasika (Easter), Enkutatash(New Year) and Timket (Epiphany) among others. Meskel(Finding of the True Cross) is celebrated on the 27th of September and the 28th of September in leap years. On this day people commemorate the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Helena(mother of Emperor Constantine the Great). It involves religious procession; dancing and singing, as well as the lighting of a bonfire dubbed “Demera”.
Enkutatash marks the Ethiopian New Year and is celebrated on September 11th or on 12th in leap years. This is a time of traditional dances and songs and colourful processions. Ethiopia is also known for its intricate handicrafts which include wood carving, weaving and pottery. Cultural shows include demonstrations of such handicrafts and explanations of their significance.
Ethiopia’s nightlife scene may vary based on the local customs, region and city. Checking with locals or local travellers for the latest information will give you a variety of nightlife options during your visit to the country.
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