The Ethiopia Federal Police Commission said on Monday it’s ready to ensure the two-day Meskel religious festival is conducted peacefully.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Federal Police Commission Director Desta Asmelash said police is working with other security agencies to ensure the security during Meskel, which is also a favorite tourist attraction.

Meskel, which falls on Sept. 26-27 this year, is an annual religious festival that’s celebrated by Ethiopian Orthodox church adherents at the end of September, with a public bonfire and religious procession.

Orthodox Christians, who make up about 44 percent of Ethiopia’s population of some 100 million, believe Meskel is an affirmation of hope coming soon after the Ethiopian New Year, which falls every year on Sept. 11.

With Meskel celebrations coinciding with World Tourism Day celebrations on Sept. 27, the Ethiopian government is running this year a week-long program to promote the country’s intangible and tangible cultural heritages.

According to the Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Ministry, more than 3.32 billion U.S. dollars was generated in revenue from 886,800 tourists who visited Ethiopia during the 2016-17 fiscal year. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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