The Ethiopian Literary and Cultural Awareness Association (ELCAA) in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) held the third Ethiopia Day Celebration at Silver Spring Library on Saturday, September 3rd, 2015.
At the event, ELCAA presented displays of Ethiopian art, literature, instruments, traditional dresses, and cultural artifacts. The main attraction of the day was the special Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony where an Ethiopian coffee fresh coffee brewed. The coffee then presented to guests along with traditional coffee treats. The coffee ceremony is an ancient Ethiopian tradition, and it is a large part of Ethiopia’s cultural and social life. The ceremony also has a historical significance—Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Invitations to coffee are marks of friendship and it is an event that makes neighbors closer and brings visitors into the fold of a family.
We put together this coffee ceremony as an expression of our thanks to all of our supporters, an opportunity to introduce some of you to our tradition, and to celebrate the New Year. As you may know, September 11thmarked the Ethiopian New Year. As a commemoration of the New Year, the children drew and colored traditional Ethiopian “Enkutatash” flowers for their parents.
So Melkam Addis Amet and happy new year to us all. We want to thank everyone who attended our event and hoped to see you at the next English and Amharic bilingual story hour.