« And the angle said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall to be all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.» Lu 2:10-12
Year after year the Christmas season brings to the minds of all Christians the story of the Child in the manger, the shepherds on the Judean hills, the Celestial songs “Glory to God in the highest”, and the Angle’s message, telling that the Long expected one had come.
Liddet or Genna is the Ethiopian name for Christmas which is marked by special ceremonies. This is a national holiday and is known as Gena (ገና) or Ye Eyesus Christos Lidet (የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ልደት) in Amharic. It also has different names in different local languages, though celebrated on the same day. It is highly celebrated especially on the Orthodox churches. The origin is basically the same as is universally accepted. It is celebrated on 7th January (Tahsas 29 E.C) preceded by a fast of 43 days. The difference of date is due to a calendar of discrepancy since the Ethiopian calendar is based on the year of Grace 7 or 8 years after Anno Domini. The Ethiopian Christmas coincides with the date of this observance in the Eastern Orthodox dispensation. Qiddus Bale Wold is another name for Christmas in addition to Liddet or Gena. Gena is also a name for a Christmas game played by boys and grown up men (like hokey). The birth date of Christ is the turning point in the world; it is total attitudinal shift form the old to the new testaments. New birth, new outlook and new man. The era of love and the Gospel.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
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