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Shimeles Abdissa sees “Oromo victory” in the way Irreechaa is celebrated

September 20, 2019

Oromo Regional state of Ethiopia acting president, Shimeles Abdissa, has issued a statement regarding Oromo traditional religious festival Irreecha. 

According to a report by state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC), he said that celebrating Irreechaa, which is said to be a thanksgiving festival,  for Oromo with “nations and nationalities of Ethiopia” is an hour and a victory. 

What makes this year’s celebration special, in his words, is that the festival will be celebrated in Addis Ababa apart from Hora Arsidi lake in Bishoftu (Debre Zeit). 

Addis Ababa is the most multi-ethnic city in the country. The number of ethnic Oromo population in the city is said to be less than 10 percent. 

Shimeles Abdissa’s  view about the celebration of Irreecha in the capital Addis Ababa aligns very well with radical ethnic Oromo nationalists; “The celebration in Finefine was discontinued for over a hundred years.” 

From the perspective of these radical groups, worship of the traditional religion (it is not in alignment with any of the Abrahamic religions including Islam) in “Finefine” was discontinued due to emperor Menelik’s policy. 

Shimeles called on for “Ethiopian nations and nationalities to celebrate what he called “a holiday of peace and love – Irrecha” dressed in their cultural attires.  As well, he called on people and youth group to play their part for the peaceful celebration of the festival. 

The regional government, apparently with support from the Federal government, is taking measures to create social value for the festival. It is adopting the “great Ethiopian Run” concept and organizing an Irreecha street run program this coming Sunday in the capital Addis Ababa. Authorities expect about 50,000 participants in the road race whose start and endpoint are at Meskel square. 

Meanwhile, Oromo regional police have disclosed that it is making preparations to ensure that the holiday is celebrated peacefully. 

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  1. 1.Please make sure planes and helicopters do not come flying anywhere close to where we PLAN TO celebrate Irreechaa in Addis Ababa.


    Saturday, 14 September 2019 10:52
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  2. Amhara is now seriously perplexed and worried and using its own women , fake pasters like daniel kibret and others to propagate lies, faked and fabricated story in order to restore amhara hegemeny.

    amhara is afraid , since its wings and faible shoulders will be soon destroyed by lions, Oromos and nationa and nationlities who were tortured and killed by amhara killers.

    mot lechkuwagn amhara nefsegeday spreading hate and invented stories to defame the most powerful men from Oromo and Tigray.Since these people are so strong to break amhara shoulder making him irrecoverable.

    • Mehamed, Ethiopia belongs to both Oromo and Amhara, it has been so for over 2000 years, It is now that individuals like you do not understand that you can not undo history. Oromos and Amharas are at peace and there is not need to insite them. No need to have an inferiority complex.

  3. 80% of Addis Ababa residents are not Oromos and Irreechaa means nothing to them. It is only Oromo’s pagan religion and should have been observed in Oromia region where it is always matters and held for centuries.

    But Oromo politicians are bent on bringing this unwanted pagan religion by using their political force on on Christians and Muslims. Not only that it is accompanied by offensives and ugly words coming out of Shimeles Abdissa and other Oromo politicians who have no respect for other Ethiopians religions and feelings.


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