Thursday, August 19, 2010
VIDEO: Today's Ethiopian Children's Holiday, "Buhe"
Buhe is an Ethopian children's holiday, usually celebrated August 19, much like the American Halloween. “Hoya Hoye” comes from a children’s song chanted during a holiday.
Kids travel door to door in groups singing this traditional call and response. They pound walking sticks to the beat and take turns singing praises in rhyme to earn coins and dough. This custom is much like the American tradition of children going door to door and saying "Trick or Treat" to receive candy and treats.
Every Ethiopian knows this song regardless of tribe. Normally, people also celebrate it with lighting a few wooden torches commonly known as "Chibo" in their houses after returning from the church ceremony that is held, that is much larger.
Berekti Mengistu, owner of Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant of Montclair, NJ wants to share her rich Ethiopian culture with you, to enhance the experience of eating Ethiopian food and injera that we all love.
Will you please share your comments and thoughts with her here for her first blog post? She'd love to hear from you!