Hidar Tsion Mariam (St. Marry)


The commemoration of Mary, “Hidar Tsion” is associated with the presence of the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and the belief that the Ark itself is a symbolism to Her Womb. This festival is attended by tens of thousands of people from all over Ethiopia, making it one of the most Joyful annual pilgrimages in Axum, the “sanctified city of the Ethiopians.” On the date, early morning attend the annual celebration of Saint Marry with the priests chanting the church music, beating the drums and the ordinary people who are gathered as far as Addis Ababa cheering and attending the festival. On this day the resident people in Axum prepare the local beer, coffee and fasting foods (because of the fasting period before Christmas) and invite their relatives who came from far distances.