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
Many people spend most of their time trying to fit in to society. I have noticed my fellow Ethiopians comparing themselves to one another and competing. Constantly trying to see what so and so is driving, where they are working, what their kid is doing. I have noticed some people refer to others by their … More Being yourself
I would like to start today’s post with the following quote: “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am … More Empowering our girls.
There are plenty of blogs and tumblrs and little funny clips that say “you know you’re habesha when..” I find these very amusing and often times find myself relating to many of the posts. Maybe I am a typical Habesha, but then again what does that really mean? Today I would like to throw it … More Who is in fact the “Typical Habesha”