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
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
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