Irrecha Ceremony: The ideal cultural practice of thanksgiving is the Large and popular cultural event known as Irrecha. The ritual ceremony of Irrecha ideally takes place at two major areas, namely on the top of the mountain or near river banks/lake shores. The ritualizing process on the top of a mountain which is known as Irrecha Tullu is conducted during dry season to pray for prosperous forthcoming rainy season. The Irrecha ceremony that is conducted at river bank is held during the end of rainy season at the beginning of Ethiopia’s spring season/Birra/ in the month of September. This is a thanksgiving ceremony for past fortune, peace, health, fertility, good weather and harvest, etc. The Irrecha ceremony is held at many places all over Oromia.

Among others, Hora Harsade (Lake) in Bishoftu town is the hub that pulls quite a large number of congregations from the whole of Oromia and many parts of the world to participate at this thanksgiving ceremony. Recently, it has become evident that the participants of this annual ritual ceremony include  followers of all major religions in the country. This indicates that some revolution has undergone in accommodating non-religious aspects in the context of Oromo culture. In this case, Irrecha is better understood as an arena where the Oromo identity is more articulated. There are about 217 or more ritual sites of such cultural practices in Oromia. Among these ritual places, Irrecha festivity at Hora Harsadi and Melka Atete in Bishoftu and Burayu towns respectively are well known ritual sites. They are attended by millions in every year.


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