The Meskel celebration marks the finding of the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified. The cross was found by Queen Helena in the fourth century. She had a revelation in a dream that told her to make a large bonfire and cover it in frankincense and the smoke from the fire would lead her to where the cross was buried. As the fire was lit, the smoke from the fire rose high into the air and then returned to the ground indicating where the cross could be located.
|Photo: Tarifa, Dougie, Alem, and Tesfahun.|
|Photo: Meskel prayers|
|Photo: The lighting of the bonfire.|