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Irreecha Arfaasaa celebrated colorfully on Mount Gorota, Eastern Oromia

(Haromaya, 29 April 2018) Irreecha Arfaasaa celebrated colorfully on Mount Gorota Eastern Oromia on April 29, 2018.

Irreecha_Tulluu_Goorotaa_2018_2Hundreds of celebrants gathered on Mount Gorota (Tulluu Goorotaa), which is located near Haramaya, Eastern Oromia, to welcome the new season.

Brief Background

Traditionally, Oromos hold two seasonal Irreecha festivals one is held at the end of September (or beginning of October) at the start of the sunny season and the end of the rainy season (i.e. during the harvest season, thus it’s called ‘Thanksgiving’ festival). This seasonal Irreecha is most known to Oromos and friends of the Oromo throughout the world. This Irreecha is called Irreecha Birraa.

The other Irreecha festival is held on the onset of the rainy season (i.e. during the sowing season). The sowing season’s Irreecha celebration is held to pray to Waaqaa to bring about Good Spirit with rain and efforts; after all, farmers spread their seeds on the ground with the only assurance that Waaqaa is on their side to turn the seeds into bountiful crops at the end of the rainy season. This Irreecha is called Irreecha Arfaasaa.

The month of May is the height of the sowing season in Oromia, and it’s during this month that Irreecha Arfaasaa (‘Oromo Festival of Good Spirit’) is held in Oromia among the Oromo people.

Theme of the Year: Valuing the Heritage

The theme of this year Irreecha Arfaasaa is “Valuing the Heritage”.  This year Irreechaa Arfaasaa  celebration aims to celebrate Irreechaa festivals as a medium for bringing all Oromias together to maintain and preserve Oromo heritage, to provide a better understanding of Oromo culture and history, and to pave the way for promotion of the Oromo culture, history and lifestyle.

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

Here are some pictures: Irreecha Arfaasaa Tulluu Goorotaa (Ebla 29, 2018)

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Irreecha Arfaasaa celebrated colorfully on Mount Jibat, Central Oromia

(Irreechaa, Ambo, 29 April 2018) Irreecha Arfaasaa celebrated colorfully on Mount Jibat, Central Oromia on April 29, 2018.

On the Day, hundreds of celebrants gathered on Mount Jibat,(Tulluu Jibaat), which is located in Shanan, Western Showa, Oromia, to welcome the new season.

Hundreds of people, Oromo Abba Gada’s, and celebrants from different regions have attended the event.

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Background

The other Irreecha festival is held on the onset of the rainy season (i.e. during the sowing season). The sowing season’s Irreecha celebration is held to pray to Waaqaa to bring about Good Spirit with rain and efforts; after all, farmers spread their seeds on the ground with the only assurance that Waaqaa is on their side to turn the seeds into bountiful crops at the end of the rainy season.

Irreecha_Tulluu_Jibat_2018_18The month of May is the height of the sowing season in Oromia, and it’s during this month that Irreecha Arfaasaa (‘Oromo Festival of Good Spirit’) is held in Oromia among the Oromo people.

Theme of the Year: Valuing the Heritage

The theme of this national Thanksgiving Day is “Valuing the Heritage” in which it aims to celebrate Irreechaa festivals as a medium for bringing all Oromias together to maintain and preserve Oromo heritage, to provide a better understanding of Oromo culture and history, and to pave the way for promotion of the Oromo culture, history and lifestyle.

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

Here are some pictures: Irreechi Arfaasaa Tulluu Jibaat (Ebla 29, 2018)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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: http://www.irreechaa.org/reports/irreecha-a-gateway-to-oromumma-revival-toronto-2017-in-focus/

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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.

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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.