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Fiche: New Year among the Sidama

By Yelibenwork Ayele

Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning Hawassa was in a festive mood as the Sidama, one of the tribes in the south, celebrated Fiche their new year. While the Sidama celebrated their New Year in the rural areas some of them travelled to Hawassa to join their relatives in the town.
The unique traditional dressing style of those from the country, as they danced in groups along the main roads, was a breath-taking spectacle. Old men wielding spears and shields performed war dances while riders brought their country-traversing horses to the town and did a show of fine horsemanship. 


The Sidama have their own unique calendar in which a week has five days and a month twenty-eight days. Each of the twenty-eight days has its own name. And a year is thirteen months long.

However, their New Year does not fall on the same day every year. The day is determined by elders who practice astrology and announce it to the communities. The Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11 every…

Ethiopia Football: St. George to face Sidama Coffee

Yirgalem- Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) defending champions St. George will face Sidama Coffee here tomorrow as one the matches it has in hand. St. George and Dedebit FC had a number of their matches postponed during the CECAFA Challenge Cup as both teams had 5 players each with the national squad.
League officials have earlier this month temporarily suspended the championship so that the two sides can catch up with the rest of the league teams.
Meanwhile Dedebit FC beat Sebeta City 3-2 in Addis Ababa yesterday.
EPL Remaining Fixtures for St. George & Dedebit FC:
Saturday, Jan 15 (Tir 7):
Yirgalem: Sidama Coffee vs St. George
Tuesday, Jan 18 (Tir 10):
Addis Ababa: Dedebit vs Dire Dawa
Friday, Jan 21 (Tir13):
Addis Ababa: St. George vs Harar Brewery