Ethiopians are said to be unique from other people in so many ways. That uniqueness is set-off, among other things from Ethiopians deepest intimacy with warm smile and hospitality, which is also believed rare in other parts of the world. Ethiopians have got deep rooted affection and connection for one another. On streets of Ethiopia, there is nothing new about seeing people in same gender hugging or holding hand-to-hand, which is something different in most parts of the world. In Ethiopia, people hold hands or hug each other either they are family members, best friends or just colleagues. This bond even goes further when people see someone dine alone or just sitting in a restaurant; you will be invited to join and share the meal. In most urban set-up men’s slight shoulder touch salutation has become common mood, while the majority of women do cheek-to-cheek greeting.
Ethiopians have never been colonized by any foreign aggressors. The patriots defended the country from the colonial power of Italy in the battle of Adwa in 1896. Emperor Menelik’s war declaration was widely heeded and welcomed throughout Ethiopia of the time. The Emperor mobilized the traditional Ethiopia warriors. Menelik’s words were also powerful. “Now with God’s help, I will not surrender my country. My fellow country folks, I do not believe that I disappointed you in the past. You have not also disappointed me. If you are strong, then help me with your strength to fight the enemy. If you are not strong, I seek your moral support for the sake of your children, wife and religion. If, on the other hand, you seek lame excuse not to join the national campaign against our enemy, I will be upset and I swear in the name of Mary that I will not have mercy on you, I will punish you. My campaign begins in October, and I expect volunteers from Shoa to gather in Wereilu by mid-October”.
The victory of Adwa was inspiration for black people in the yoke of colonization, later on most African countries also put Green, Yellow and Red colors in their flags to depict Ethiopians were the major source of moral revival to fight against colonialism.
Another thing, Ethiopia is a cradle of mankind where the fossils of the earliest mankind founded. The genetic code or DNA contains detailed information about our ancestral origins. Recent studies suggest that Ethiopia has high level of genetic and cultural diversity in the world. Ethiopian people are also more genetically similar to individuals living closer. Having an indigenous civilization, ancient Aztec, Chinese, Egyptian and Ethiopian Axumite civilizations could be listed out as such one of the greatest one’s. Obelisks of Axum, Lalibella Rock-Hewn Churches, and Fasiledes Castle are just some of the testimonies. It’s one of the most original civilizations, historians and authors put it.
A history book: “Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire” by Drusilla Dunjee Houston, a Black-American women who disenchanted with the rejection of ancient Ethiopian tells the-not-so-much-told ancient and endemic civilizations of Ethiopians, in support of this point.
“The agricultural Ethiopian developed the idea of a settled hearth, developed very early the art of smelting iron, which is found in the pyramids of Egypt and gave knowledge of its manufacture to the world,” Drusilla wrote on her book.
The anthropologist, Frobenius also says, "Ethiopia an ancient classical land. In olden days its inhabitants were considered the most pious and oldest of mankind”. Ancient Cushite Empire of Ethiopians covered three continents and held unbroken sway for three thousand years. Herodotus, a Greek national and the father of history wrote about Ethiopia saying "the god delighted to banquet with the pious inhabitants."
Ethiopia has a lot of different and exciting things. The country measures time from when the sun rises and sets in different numerical measure to time. Sunrise starts the day at 12:00 o’clock in the morning and sets at 12: 00 o’clock in the evening. This means 6:00AM is 12:00AM and 6:00PM is 12:00PM in Ethiopian time. This may seem confusing but you do not have to follow the local time; most people understand the standardized time count.
Ethiopia has unique calendar from the rest of the world. It has 13 months a year, while the Gregorian just have 12 months and the extra days left are inserted in each months. Ethiopia celebrates the extra days left Pagume (August), the 13th and shortest month with 5 days each year and 6 days in each four leap years. The country is made of diverse language and ethnic groups. It also has its own unique alphabet, which was assumed to be originated from its parent language—Geez.
Such similar characteristics of the country ought to be utilized well by citizens.
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