Irreecha, is a thanksgiving holiday celebrated at the end of the rainy season and beginning of sunny days. The Oromo people in Ethiopia celebrate Irreecha to thank the almighty Waaqa for the blessings and mercies they have received throughout the previous year. Beautified with special outfits and chants, the Oromo people head to nearby rivers in formation, holding flowers and grass. Oromo women, who have special power in the culture, lead the way to the rivers. Irreecha is celebrated all over Oromia. However, the biggest Irreecha celebration takes place in Bishoftu town about 44km outside of Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa, celebrated Irrecha for the third year today, after 150 years.
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