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Ethiopians and Eritreans celebrate Meskel holiday

Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and Eritrea celebrated the start of the annual religious holiday Meskel, which marks the finding of the cross that Jesus was crucified on, by lighting the traditional bonfires.

According to Orthodox Christian tradition, the national holiday marks the finding of the cross that Jesus was crucified on.

According to the teachings of the Orthodox Church, St Helena, the mother of 4th Century Roman Emperor Constantine, lit a bonfire and its smoke led her to the spot where the cross had been buried in Jerusalem.

Other variations of this story say the initial bonfire was so big it collapsed to one side – pinpointing the spot the cross was buried.

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There is a lot of symbolism around the way the wood of the bonfire falls and what that says about the times ahead.

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