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Irreecha Malkaa Ateetee Buraayyuutti Kabajame

Irreecha Malkaa Ateetee, Buraayyuutti

Malkaatti wayita irreeffatametti

Godina Addaa Oromiyaa Naannawaa Finfinnee, Magaalaa Buraayyuu naannawaa Malkaa Ateeteetti ayyaanni Irreechaa Dilbata darbe kabajameera.

Abbootiin Gadaa, foolleewwan, dabballeewwan, jaarsoliin biyyaa, dargaggoonniifi qaamoleen hawaasaa gara garaa ganama bariirraa eegaluun ayyaanicha kabajuuf bakkichatti argamaniiru. Abbootiin Gadaas sirna galataa, eebbaafi irreeffannaa raawwataniiru.

Bakka ayyaanichi itti geggeffamutti daandiin hanga Malkaa Ateetee geessu haala mijataadhaan sirraa’eera.

Ayyaanni Irreechaa Malkaa Ateeteetti kabajamu waggoota 29 addaan citee erga turee booda Dilbata darbe si’a 10faf kabajameera.

Hirmaattonni tokko tokko Burqaa Oduu Itophiyaatti akka himanitti, ayyaanichi akkuma Bishooftuufi Burraayyuutti naannawawwan Oromiyaa biroottis xiyyeeffannaa argatee kabajamuu qaba.

Irreechi ibsituu ummata Oromoo ta’e duudhaasaa eeggatee dhalootatti akka ce’u gochuuf naannawawwan naannichaa hundatti haala gurmaa’ina qabuun kabajamuu akka qabuudha hirmaattonni yaada kennaniin kan eerani.

Jiraataan Magaalaa Burrayyuu Obbo Hundee Geessaa akka jedhanitti, ayyaanni Irreechaa sirna Oromoon durii kaasee uumaasaatiif galata ittiin dhiyeessu, tokkummaafi eenyummaasaa ittiin calaqqisiifatu waan ta’eef kabajnisaa naannawawwan hundatti cimee ittifufuu qaba.

Source: Bariisaa


Irreecha festival celebrated in Bishoftu

(Irreechaa2017; October 1, 2017)– Millions of people across the country have celebrated the Irreechaa festival peacefully and colorfully in Hora Harsadi, Bishoftu, Oromia.


In Oromia, this year’s Irreecha festival brought peaceful but powerful protest as the Oromo people marked the anniversary of last year’s massacre at Bishoftu.

More than 1.5 million people were expected to attend the annual thanksgiving celebration.

“May the almighty avenge those that are killing our people,” said the traditional Oromo Gadaa leader as he delivered a blessing. “May the almighty avenge those who killed our people here last year. May the almighty avenge the unavenged. May the almighty end our national ordeals.”

Irreecha is an Oromo Thanksgiving festival which is celebrated twice a year; Irreecha Malkaa and Irreecha Tulluu.

Millions of people, Oromo Abba Gada’s, and tourists from different countries have attended the event.

Peaceful memorial

This year Oromo hold peaceful memorial at Irreecha festival.

MormiiDespite the rainy skies, they came; once there, the crowds chanted anti-government slogans with the now-familiar crossed arms symbol of protest against Ethiopian authorities they say have long persecuted them – and who, in 2016, opened fire as the scene at Bishoftu deteriorated into chaos.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission denied the military used lethal force in an official report on unrest in Oromia released in April.

The EHRC said 669 people had died in ethnic clashes overall, including 465 Oromo civilians, while blaming the Oromo Media Network (OMN), other diaspora sources, and Oromo political opposition groups for escalating the crisis while defending all national security measures as appropriate.

The report results were questioned by international governments and human rights organizations who say they are consistently denied the access needed for an independent investigation. Many of the thousands who were arrested during a 10-month state of emergency remain detained, including key Oromo political opposition leaders.

Security remained tight for this year’s Irreecha celebration, as Ethiopian authorities banned weapons and set up security checkpoints while promising that armed forces would remain on the perimeter of the event but not venture inside.


የኢሬቻ በዓል ምንም ዓይነት ጉዳትና ግጭት ሳያስተናግድ በሰላም ተጠናቋል

(ኢሬቻ፣ጥቅምት 1, 2017) የኢሬቻ በዓል ምንም ዓይነት ግጭት ሳይከሰት በሰላም መጠናቀቁን የኦሮሞ አባገዳዎች ኅብረት አስታወቀ። በቢሾፍቱ ከተማ ሆራ አርሰዲ በየዓመቱ የሚከበረው የኢሬቻ በዓል ዛሬም በተለየ ድምቀት ተከብሯል።

የበዓሉ ታዳሚዎች የልምላሜ ምልክት የሆነውን እርጥብ ቄጤማና አበባ ይዘው ወደ ሐይቁ  በመውረድ ነው አምላካቸውን በማመስገን በዓሉን ያከበሩት።

በበዓሉ ላይ ስድስት ሚሊዮን ህዝብ ይታደማል ተብሎ ቢጠብቅም  የተገኘው ህዝብ  ከሰባት ሚሊዮን በላይ የሚገመት መሆኑ ልዩ ስሜት ፈጥሮባቸዋል፡፡

“ይህ ሁሉ ህዝብ በአንድ ላይ በዓሉን አክብሮ ምንም ዓይነት ግጭትና የአካል ጉዳት ሳይደርስ መለያየቱ ትልቅ ስኬት” መሆኑን ገልጸው  ኅብረተሰቡ ላደረገው ትብብር ምስጋና አቅርበዋል፡፡

የሰላም አስከባሪ ወጣቶች አስተባባሪ ወጣት ለማ ገመቹ በበኩሉ  ወጣቶች በዓሉ በሰላም እንዲካሄድ  የተሰጣቸውን ተልዕኮ በስኬት ማጠናቀቃቸውን ገልጿል።

የህዝቡን ሰላምና ደህንነት ለማስከበር የተሰጣቸው ሃላፊነት ትልቅ መሆኑን የተናገረው ወጣቱ፤ “ለተሳታፊ ወጣቶች ቀጣይ ስራ ጥሩ ልምድ ይሆናቸዋል” ብሏል።

ከተለያዩ የአገሪቱ ክፍሎች የተገኙና በባህላዊ አልባሳት ያሸበረቁ አባ ገዳዎች፣ ወጣቶች፣ የተለያዩ የህብርተሰብ ክፍሎች ከሌሊቱ 11:00 ሰዓት ጀምሮ እሬፈና ወይም የምስጋና ስርዓት በማድረስ በሰላም ተመልሰዋል።

Toronto Oromo celebrates Irrecha in the Greater Toronto area of Whitby town

(Irreechaa, Toronto, 5 September 2017) — The Oromo Irreecha Birraa festival held on on 2nd-3rd September 2017 in the Greater Toronto area of Whitby town


According to the organisers Toronto is the earliest celebrator of Irrecha overseas because of the North American weather.As fall is approaching to take a turn from summer and the weather is expected to become tougher, early September is annually a moment of Irrecha celebration in Toronto.

Participants of Toronto festival gather from major cities in Ontario province-Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Organizers of the even are mainly from Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Irrecha is not a one day event in Toronto. It is an event of 24 hours or more. The Toronto Irrecha is a showcase of multiple ceremonies. Due to in conveniences to conduct various events on different days, celebrations that take place back home separately are displayed on the Irrecha day as follows altogether.

21193000_10212676984151228_2545354774446437681_nThe ceremony honoured the Oromo elders’ blessings and wisdom, and eventually helped to preserve the heritage and strengthen the progress of humanity. It is also committed to the beginning a back to the root project for us as a society.

At this point in time Irrecha is a transreligion subject for the Oromo people. The revival of Oromumma spirit is grounded in it, the renaissance of Oromo self-consciousness is in the making through it.

Irrecha is one of the Gada elements and should be treasured as part and parcel of the unsung democracy. Irreecha is a manifestation of an ancient African consciousness about the universe, back in millenniums.

For the report of this Irreechaa celebration:


Irreechaa Arfaasaa held under the theme of “Our Forest Matters: Restoring the Spirit of Nature by Plant a Tree”

(Irreechaa, Melbourne, 14 May 2017) — The Oromo Irreecha Arfaasaa festival held on 14 May 2017 for the third time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at Mount Dandenong.

The ceremony was celebrated at Mount Dandenong to promote the Oromo Good Spirit tradition and practice of caring for nature.

It was celebrated under the theme of “Our Forest Matters: Restoring the Spirit of Nature by Plant a Tree” in which it aimed to celebrate Irreechaa festivals to follow our tradition and religion in society, to create public awareness where Oromo cultural and religious practice advocates for harmonious ecosystem.

According to the organisers the festival was designed to provide a better understanding of Oromo culture, history and humanity, to pave the way for promotion of the Oromo culture, history, lifestyle and practice.

The Celebration of Irreechaa Arfaasaa, a national Spirit Day, is held yearly both to thank Waaqaa for the blessings and mercies received throughout the past dry season and to welcome the new rainy season associated with hard working and challenging negative impacts of climate.

The ceremony honoured the Oromo elders’ blessings and wisdom, and eventually helped to preserve the heritage and strengthen the progress of humanity. It is also committed to provide care and respect for mother earth.

And part of that providing care for nature element is engaging Oromo people in promoting and cultivating Oromo cultural practice that contribute for mother earth care.


So what’s the next step?

It’s easy to say get engaged but how?
And there are certain conditions required to promote Oromoi culture.

First, how to get engaged – two ideas:

One – empower yourself – learn and understand what Irreechaa, nature, land in Oromo perspective means. Knowledge is power.

Two- Practice your culture in your daily life!!

This Irreechaa festival is a good evidence that Oromo people have a deep relationship with the land and nature. As discussed on the ceremony, what is needed now is deep engagement with the rapidly evolving climate change because of their unique connection with land and nature will be affected in a profound and special way by climate change.

The theme of this year celebration is simple: plant a tree!! No matter where you live, you can plant a tree.


UNESCO declares Oromo politics system heritage

(Irreechaa, 1 December 2016) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approved Ethiopia government’s application for the inscription of Gada system, an indigenous democratic socio-political system of the Oromo people, as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Irreechaa 2The announcement was made Wednesday at the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in Addis Ababa.

The Gada system is a traditional social stratification system of the Oromo people in Ethiopia and northern Kenya. Each of its five classes consists of sons whose fathers are members of a particular class.

Each class progresses through a series of grades with different duties. At the age of between 40 to 50 years, the men enter the luba class assuming leadership role of the community which is rotational every eight years.

The Gada system governs the political, economic, social and religious activities of the Oromo.

In Ethiopia, the Oromo represent about one third of the total 94 million population.

In their comment, the Intergovernmental Committee urged on the need to safeguard the Gada system with the participation of the communities.

Other cultural practices inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the meeting in Addis Ababa include Egypt Tahteeb’s stick game, Cuba’s rumba – a festive combination of music and dances, South Korea’s culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers), and India’s yoga.

Rights groups call for probe into Irreecha massacre

(Right Groups, October 12, 2016) Amnesty International and Freedom House have called for an independent investigation into the the massacre of hundreds of civilians in Bishoftu, Central Oromia, at the annual Irreecha celebration, an Oromo cultural festival.

bishoftuHundreds of people, over 600 by some accounts, were killed as security forces opened fire and threw gas canisters into the huge crowd, who seized the occasion to express their grievances against the oppressive regime. Most were killed in a stampede while others were reportedly shot and killed by security forces.

“Fresh protests in Ethiopia since dozens of protesters were killed in a stampede at a religious festival on 2 October underline the need for the Ethiopian government to ensure a full investigation into how the protest was handled,” said Amnesty in a release on Wednesday.

“We have documented multiple complaints of police using excessive force, including lethal force, against largely peaceful protesters since demonstrations began in the Oromia region in November last year,” said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“The law enforcement agencies must immediately end all unlawful use of force against protesters. The government, meanwhile, has an obligation to ensure prompt, thorough, impartial, transparent and effective investigations, particularly into deaths during protests,” he said.

“This should include what role government forces played in Bishoftu, as well as how Ethiopian security forces manage public protests in general,” Kagari noted.

Freedom Housed meanwhile held security forces accountable for the death of the festival goers.

“The deaths in Bishoftu occurred because security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition at a crowd of over a million people celebrating a religious occasion,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Freedom House’s Africa programs.

“The government of Ethiopia should allow a truly independent body to investigate the tragedy at Bishoftu as well as security forces’ well-documented record of using excessive force against peaceful gatherings,” Petrovic said in a statement.

Oromia: More than 500 Dead after Security Forces Fire into Crowd

(Irreechaa,  4 October 2016) In response to actions by Ethiopian security forces leading to the death of more than 500 people attending the Irreechaa religious and cultural celebration in the Bishoftu town in Oromia on October 2.

The deaths in Bishoftu occurred because security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition at a crowd of over a million people celebrating a religious occasion.

In Irreechaa women dress in white garment and hold stick with green grass to symbolize Peace and prosperity. It is really aching to see when the Tigray Military regime confront these peace loving people with gun simply because they are being Oromo. It is painful and agonizing when their white cultural dress soaked with blood.

The Quest of Balance 

Let’s not forget Tigrain when they invaded us from North, their only mission is to take our land and life. Their goal is to exterminate us and enrich their generation at the expense of our precious children. When we face them at least the level of our struggle should be balanced with them. To make it balance our struggle with the Tigray military regime, let’s work on our deficiency.

Human rights organisations urge the government of Ethiopia should allow a truly independent body to investigate the tragedy at Bishoftu as well as security forces’ well-documented record of using excessive force against peaceful gatherings.


Irreechaa is an annual holiday for giving thanks, celebrated by the Oromo, Ethiopia’s  largest people. While firm numbers remain unavailable, eyewitnesses say that the total number of deaths on October 2 may exceed 500.


Irreechaa 2016: A Year of Sacrifice

#Irreechaa2016-Irreechaa -Thanksgiving, forgiving and forward looking expression day for Oromo.


It is with great pleasure that to invite you to the annual Irreecha Birraa festival, Oromo National Thanksgiving day, of the year on Sunday 2 October 2016.

Irreechaa Birraa is a celebration that repeats once in a year-in birraa and involves special activities or amusements as it has a lot of importance in our lives. It symbolizes the arrival of spring and brighten season with their vibrant green and daisy flowers.

It’s a day all Oromian’s celebrate and cherish due to our ties to our root: Oromo Identity and country. It’s a time for reflection, celebration and a good connection with our best heritage.

Theme: A Year of Sacrifice

This year’s Oromian Irreechaa Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole theme park devoted to diverse Oromian cultural Identity. The theme of this national Thanksgiving Day is “A Year of Sacrifice ” in which it aims to celebrate Irreechaa festivals as a medium for bringing all Oromias together to remember those who are paying sacrifice for Oromo freedom and to promote our tradition and religion in society, to create public awareness where Oromo cultural and religious issues will be discussed, to provide a better understanding of Oromo culture and history, to pave the way for promotion of the Oromo culture, history and lifestyle and to celebrate Oromo Irreechaa, a national Thanksgiving Day.

Irreechaa: a moment of performing home in exile

According to Tsegaye Ararssa, Irreechaa means a moment of performing home in exile. “For the Oromo Diaspora the Irreechaa moment is a moment of performing home in exile. It is a longing for home. As such, it’s a site of struggle, a site of the agon, a site of imagining home. it is a way of homecoming. It’s a way of becoming what we would have been. Irreechaa is a moment of re-enacting life in its fullness, in all its colors and brilliance, and in its infinite beauty as a treasure. It is a celebration of vitality and life in the past, the present, and the future. Above all, it’s thanksgiving. Even in the midst of the festivity, it is a moment of thinking (thinking as thanking), and a reminder of the need for a grateful reflection as a way of life.”…/what-does-irreechaa-mean-to-…/

The event and its celebration is a symbol of unity in which various organisations and groups come together not only to celebrate but also to initiate and to work together as a team.