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PHOTO GALLERY: Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Meskel in Addis Ababa




A View of a bonfire and a crowd holding candles during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

Orthodox devotees stand in front of a bonfire during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

An Orthodox devotee stands in front of a bonfire as policemen stand in the back during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

Orthodox devotees hold candles during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

Members of an Orthodox church choir sing during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

Members of an Orthodox church choir parade during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

Members of an Orthodox church choir sing during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

A man stands next to a pile of wood prepared for a bonfire, during preparations of the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

Orthodox devotees parade during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

Orthodox devotees hold a cross as they parade during the celebrations of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, that commemorates the discovery in the fourth century of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena, in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 26, 2021. AFP

The festival of Maskel is celebrated across Ethiopia, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, to commemorate the unearthing of the True Holy Cross of Christ. Celebrations begin with the building of the Damera bonfire in Maskel Square in Addis Ababa. AP