Melkam Gena, or in English Merry Christmas. In Ethiopia Christmas falls on January 7th every year. This is because the Ethiopian Christian Church follows the Julian Calendar. The Julian Calendar predates the Gregorian Calendar. Ethiopia is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and adopted Christianity in the 4th Century. Growing up, my parents … More Melkam Gena! (Merry Christmas, Again!)
Happy New Year, or shall I say Melkam Addis Amet! I started this blog about 5 1/2 years ago. Back in 2012. Since then a lot has changed! Change is a good thing and this year EthiopianAmericanGirl.com will be revamping to get with the changing times. This blog was started as a kind of commentary … More Happy New Year: 2018.
The first week in July marks the ESFNA Soccer tournament. What is ESFNA? That is the Ethiopian Soccer Federation of North America. This event happens every year, for the past 32 years. It is the time of year when Ethiopians from across North America come together. Soccer teams from each state compete, old friends meet, … More Kwas Medda !! ESFNA Tournament!
I always thought it would be cool to have a complicated family. When I was growing up, I had friends with parents who were divorced, which resulted in an abundance of step-fathers and step-mothers, step-brothers and step-sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters and even more extended relatives. It sounds chaotic, which it could be at times, but it … More “Ethiopian Family Taboo: Wait…Mom is Really My Grandma?!”
I have heard this question posed before. I heard someone say that the Ethiopian Immigrant has it easier , or an easier path to success than the American born Ethiopian. In other words the statement was made to imply that the Ethiopian born Immigrant tends to be more successful than the American Born Ethiopian. The … More SUCCESS: Who has it easier…the Immigrant or the American born Ethiopian?
In America, it would be considered rude to walk up to someone who you haven’t seen in a very long time and say “HI , Wow you’ve gained a lot of weight”. That would not be okay by any means. In Ethiopian culture, it is completely normal for someone to do that. “Indaye , Wofersh!” … More Body Image in Ethiopian culture…Wofersh….
When raising your child in America, should you instill Ethiopian values or American values? Is there any American way to raise a child and an Ethiopian way to raise a child? (insert any other immigrant group besides Ethiopian if applicable). Ethiopians that immigrate to America from Ethiopia are forced to raise their children in an … More Raising your kid “Ethiopian” or “American”
No I’m not planning my own wedding. Growing up in an Ethiopian family I have had the grand opportunity to attend MANY Ethiopian weddings. As I have gotten older I have had the opportunity to see many friends and family members get married. Now as an adult I am getting the chance to celebrate and … More Whose wedding is it anyway???
Tsom, the Ethiopian Christian fasting season has officially started. Tsom is the fasting season before Easter. Christianity is a huge party of Ethiopian culture and fasting/ Tsom is a normal part of the culture. So what do we do during the Tsom season? Essentially everyone who is fasting or participating in Tsom is adopting a … More Tsom (The fasting Season)
Imagine yourself in a foreign land, you don’t understand the language, you don’t understand the culture and you don’t know anyone else that shares a similar experience as you. You try to fit in as much as you can with no success. You try to navigate your way through education, employment, housing, and legal issues. … More Understanding your rights