By STAFF WRITER JULY 24, 2015
The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) is preparing to hold its fifth annual cultural festival in Washington D.C, this coming Sunday July 26. The event is scheduled to start at noon.
The festival, a family-oriented event to promote and celebrate Ethiopian culture and identity, will take place at the Multisport Facility in Georgetown University. “EHSNA aims to preserve Ethiopia’s culture, celebrate her identity, strengthen the community and connect Ethiopians from all walks of life, irrespective of their religious or political background,” event organizers said in a statement.
They added, “As in the past four events, we will pay particular attention to the youth and continue to keep our promise to empower them under the motto ‘Your Roots Produce Your Fruits’.” The Heritage Festival showcases the historical, cultural, artistic, athletic and culinary inheritance of the community, and gives recognition to past and new achievements within the diaspora and Ethiopia.
This year’s festival has a special focus. Ethiopian churches, mosques and the Ethiopian community at large have come together to dedicate this year’s event to the memory of the 30 Ethiopians who were beheaded by ISIS in Libya, and also to those who were brutally attacked in South Africa in the country’s xenophobia attacks this year.
“We will also remember the parents and the extended family members of these victims who are in great grief,” the organizers said. The July 26 memorial service is to feature a prayer, poetry, drama, and lectures.
The Heritage Society was founded in 2011 as a non-profit organization. Earlier this year, it marked the 119th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa in Silver Spring, MD, in the presence of Montgomery County’s Executive, Isiah “Ike” Leggett.
For more information about the festival, visit the EHSNA website.
Photo credit: EHSNA