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Ashenda / Ashendiye Cultural Festival At Mekele & Lasta Lalibela Every year BETWEEN 22 -24 August

Ashandye/ Ashenda, one of the great festivals which are unique for Lasta Lalibela and further North like Sekota and Tigray. It is known by Ashenda throughout Tigray, "Shadey" in Wag Hemra and by "Solel" in Raya Kobo.

It is an event most yearned by girls. Young girls dressed in beautiful traditional outfits and in small groups, go from house to house singing and dancing.  These lovely girls putting on their best apparel and personality celebrate the occasion continuously for three days.

The tours to Ashenda / Ashendye / Festival and historical rout range from a minimum of 3 days to a maximum of 12 Days. Sample program

4Days  and 3 Nights Ashenda at Mekele and surroundings 

Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
Tour Title: Ashenda festival at Mekelle  
Tour code: My.T.T  0090
Transport: flight

Day 01 (21stAugust): Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust's arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour. Overnight  – Hotel Addis Ababa.

Day 02, (22August): Fly Addis – Mekele. Attend the main celebration of the festival. Overnight -  Hotel – Mekele  Meals - Dinner 

Day 03, (23 August ): Drive  from Mekele  to remote area of Tigray to experience the country side  culture and people OF Tigray and the rock hewn churches of Tigray en route. Overnight -  Hotel – Mekele  Meals – Full Board (BLD)

Day04 (24 August): Today is the last day of the carnival but Ashenda is a unique beautiful Tigraian traditional festival where young ladies and girls enjoy Ashenda music and dance. The festival can last up to a week. Fly back to Addis Ababa in the afternoon and departure.

10 days and 9 night Ashenda  at  Tigray  and Historical route tours  From 15 August - 25 August 10 Days /9 Nights 

Tour code: My.T.T  0092
Package Title: Ashenda festival with Historical Routes  
Duration: 10 days and 9 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 01: Fly Addis- Bahir Dar
Fly from Addis to Bahir  Dar , at  Bahir Dar Airport you will  met  our  professional representative , transfer  and  Check in to your hotel. Then start the magnificent Natural and historical tours in the Twon. Overnight Hotel – Bahir Dar.

Day 02: Bahir Dar  
After breakfast drive to the Blue Nile falls and walk to the Waterfall. In the afternoon Boat trip on Lake Tana to some of the Island Monasteries. Overnight stay in a hotel, Bahir Dar.

Day 03: Gondar  
Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar. Afternoon start visit of the 17th c. Royal Castel Compound, the Bath of king Fasiledes, the church of Debre Birhan Selassie and many more attractions in Gondar. Overnight in a hotel at Gondar.

Day 04: Lalibela
Fly from Gondar to Lalibela. And visit the 1st and 2nd group of the 11 Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Overnight at reserved hotel in Lalibela.

Day 05: Lalibela 
Morning after early breakfast move for an excursion by mule to the church of Asheten-Mariam , Nakuto  and other around Lalibela Churches.in the afternoon visit of the 3rd  group of the rock  hewn Church. Overnight the same Hotel at Lalibela.

Day 06: Axum
Fly from Lalibela to Axum, the holiest sanctuary of Ethiopia. City  tour of Axum. Overnight stay in  hotel at Axum.

Day 07: Axum-  Mekele
Fly from Axum to Mekele  arrive at Mekele on the eve of  Ashenda celebration  then drive to Wukro to Visit the ancient rock hewn churches of Tigray in Wukro Cherkos; Negash mosque and experience  the classical eve ceremonies at Wukro and surroundings . Back to Mekele for overnight and Dinner.

Day 08: (22August) -  Mekele
Today is   the first day festival day, Ashenda,  a unique beautiful Tigraian traditional festival where young ladies and girls enjoy Ashenda music and dance.

Day 09: The next morning the festivity is so special and extraordinary continued and the tourist will be participate. O/n – Hotel – Mekele

Day 10: In the Afternoon fly from Mekele back to Addis and departure.

11 days and 10 nights Ashenda at Lalibela and Historical route tours  From 15 August - 25 August 11 Days / 10 Nights 

Tour code: My.T.T  0093
Package Title: Semien Mountains NP Trekking  
Duration: 11 days and 10 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:  August 14, Arrival at (ADD) Bole international airport
Arrival in Addis Ababa,  meet  tour manager of Myseru  ,then transfers to  your  hotel for check in, relax in the hotel if your arrival time is early hours   go out for city tour of Addis . Overnight Hotel Addis.

Day 02: August 15   Drive Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar.
Early morning drive from Addis to Bahir Dar along the way visit Debre Libanos Monastery, Blue Nile gorge, and Portuguese bridge. Late afternoon arrive at the Lake shore small city of Bahir Dar after check in to your hotel relax at the lakeshore. Overnight and Dinner Hotel - Bahir Dar.

Day 03: August 16, Bahir Dar
Today we explore the beautiful lakeshore city's ancient Island monasteries on the biggest lake Tana , Blue Nile Falls , Bezawit Palace and  its natural scenery of the surroundings. Overnight hotel Bahir Dar .

Day 04: August 17 Gondar
Morning after breakfast  drive Bahir Dar – Gondar en route experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape about 170 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The rest of the day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List. the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals.

Day 05: August 18, Gondar – Axum
Early departure to Axum through Ethiopia's most scenic highland range that Offers breathless panoramas of the Semien Mountains.
Overnight Hotel Axum .

Day 06: August 19, Axum
Visit Axum and proceed to Hawzen  overnight hotel.

Day 07: August 20 Mekele – Gerealta  Rock hewn Churches
Visit Gheralta cluster and proceed to Mekele for overnight stay; hotel at Mekele.

Day 08:  August 21 Mekle – Lalibela
Early departure to Lalibela  on the eve of the carnival and sightseeing of Lalibela. Overnight hotel  in Lalibela.

Day 09: August 22 Ashendye - Annual Carnival
Today is  Ashandye,   the great festivals which are unique for Lasta Lalibela . This great carnival takes place in August to mark the ending of the two weeks fasting period called 'Filseta' meaning 'to ascend'. The Name 'Filseta' is given to commemorate the assumption of the Virgin Mary or the ascending of st. Mary's Corpse. Oddly it is weeklong women's festival which runs from August 22 (Nehasie 16) Forwards. At the eve of the festival girls and young women go to a field collect tall grasses (Ashandye) accompanied by young boys.  On preparation the girls dress their traditional dresses (Tilf Kemis), plating their hairs beautifully and adorn themselves with attractive jewelry. They also make a kind of skirt from the grass they collect and wear it around their waist. Everyone can see those charming girls and young women of Lasta Lalibela getting excited with their smiley face since they wait the day eagerly as actors of the event every year. Overnight Hotel Lalibela

Day 10: Lalibela Rock hewn Churches
Explore the 8th wonder of the world's rock hewn church and other ancient Churches surrounding Lalibela.

Day11:  Morning transfer to Lalibela airport to fly back to Addis Ababa.

Notice: - This itinerary can be amended upon request!!!       Book / Customize

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