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!


  1. I absolutely love your restaurant and I'm interested in Ethiopian culture and issues (for example, the movie "Black Gold"). Thanks for this post and I look forward to more insights into Ethiopian culture.

  2. It's so wonderful to see children enjoying their culture and for you to share this with us. Your restaurant in Montclair (NJ) is so rich with culture - it's always fun to eat there. Of course the deliciously spiced foods make it a perfect visit!