The second “Discover Ethiopia” event set to be held on 13-15 October 2017.
The colorful cultural event organized annually by Genete Tsige St. George Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo
Church will feature different religious and cultural exhibitions, church hymns and an open display of
sacred goods and artifacts from one of the ancient churches in the world.
Established in 2003 in OKC, Genete Tsige St. George Ethiopian Orthodox church has a congregation of
about 100 people from across different cities. Thirteen years after its establishment, the church has
started organizing a cultural and religious annual educational and fundraising event since 2016.
About 1500 people attended the first ‘Discover Ethiopia’ event held from September 29 to October 2,
2016. The objective of the event was to introduce one of the oldest churches to Oklahomans and
thereby raise funds for the church. The three-day festival took place at the church and had poster
presentations of the history of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, exhibition of
sacred goods, unique church hymns that are more than 1500 years old and hymn instruments. Slide
presentations with Ethiopia’s diverse cultural assets attracted the attention of visitors and guests.
Attendees also had the chance to experience different traditional ceremonies and take part in the
auction of an Ethiopian hide art. For interested guests, authentic Ethiopian artistic works and traditional
outfits and jewelries were available for sale.
The second festival to be held this year on 13-15 October 2017 will also feature hymns by the church
choir, a show about the traditional Ethiopian church school, abinet timhrt, and the well-known Ethiopian
Coffee Arabica with authentic home-style brewing that starts from roasting the fresh coffee beans.
Guests will also take a bite from the protein rich Ethiopian cuisine: Injera, made from indigenous gluten
free grain in the highlands of Ethiopia and diverse flavors of vegetarian and meat stews. Attendees can
also buy Ethiopian clothes, jewelries, and artifacts during the event. The kids’ corner will provide safe
and enjoyable time for children.
St. George Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is finalizing preparations for the event and called up
on residents around Oklahoma to attend and experience the festival.