the annual Thanksgiving festival of Irreecha| adanech abebe| shimelis abdisa| Ethiopia| Bishoftu|

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Irreecha (also called Irreessa or Dhibaayyuu), is the thanksgiving holiday of the Oromo people in Ethiopia. The Oromo people celebrate Irreecha to thank Waaqa (God) for the blessings and mercies they have received throughout the previous year. The Irreecha festival is celebrated every year at the beginning of Birraa (Spring), the new season after the dark and rainy winter season. It is attended by hundreds of thousands of people. Thanksgiving is celebrated at sacred lakes across Oromia and Hora Harsadi, Bishoftu, Oromia as a whole. Once at the lake, festival-goers immerse the green grass and the flowers they are carrying and sprinkle themselves. In 2019, the festival was celebrated in the nation’s capital Addis Ababa for the first time in 150 years, are followed by Irreecha in Bishoftu. Irreecha is also celebrated around the world where diaspora Oromos live especially North America and Europe.

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