Yes They Know it’s Christmas Time, for Sure!


My colleague, Øystein, and I arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday without knowing it was on the Ethiopian Christmas eve. Today we have continued on to Gambela close to the border of South Sudan, but not before we were able to spend the morning at a Coptic church in Addis were people gathered to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For our full report look up our Verdensglimt


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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38 Responses to Yes They Know it’s Christmas Time, for Sure!

  1. You didn’t know that they celebrated on the 06th? It must have been quite a shock to find out this way 🙂

  2. kenkiz says:

    Je suis Charlie

  3. Chillbrook says:

    Cleraly a very proud man! Take care Otto!

  4. dodgysurfer says:

    Love the picture. Jumps straight out of the screen.

  5. Patrizia M. says:

    L’ho letto nell’altro Blog e mi è piaciuto molto, come mi sono piaciute le foto.
    Ciao, Patrizia

  6. YellowCable says:

    That is good to know that Christmas is not the same day everywhere. The story of “Never ever underestimate people” is very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Tiny says:

    I still treasure my time in Ethiopia. I learned so much in those 2.5 years, certainly the same lesson you did.

  8. Lily Lau says:

    Je suis Charlie aussi… I would be happy for this unexpected Christmas photo but France left me in shock today 😦

  9. Suzanne says:

    Stunning shot Otto – faces that speak volumes

  10. It looks like he is showing you his hidden treasure that he keeps close to his heart. There seems to be reverence in their eyes.

  11. Such a lovely shot – muted colours and real meaning. Let us hope that these people and others are able to worship their own gods in peace. Je suis Charlie.

  12. Elaine- says:

    probably coz they use julian calendar? niiiiice pic, very interesting pair 🙂 oh and you forgot to critique my pic 🙂

    • Yes, the are using the Julian calender. Oh, you are right. I will get right back to it when I am back from Ethiopia. The reason I forgot was because the link wasn’t on the page…

  13. paula graham says:

    Nous sommes Charlie tous. And all in the name of of a peace loving religion. Good photo and what a wonderful place to be.

  14. shoreacres says:

    I enjoyed the full article very much. Although I knew about the Orthodox Christmas and its relationship to our celebration of the Epiphany, I didn’t know about their days of fasting before Christmas.

    I have two pieces of Ethiopean embroidery: beautiful traditional crosses. They were done by a man who worked with a mirror, so that front and back are as close to identical as possible. They still grace my living room.

    Given the horrors people of many faiths are facing around the world, it’s good to see evidence that peaceful celebration still is possible. Thank you for these lovely photos — and the amusing story of the photos that didn’t happen!

  15. Phillip says:

    Interesting Otto. I didn’t realize. Great picture, I love how it tells a story.

  16. PC PHOTO says:

    Safe travels, take loads of pics 🙂

  17. such power expressions. Love the shot.

  18. The light, the composition, the expressions — just perfect!

  19. Dalo 2013 says:

    Such a nice surprise…and great capture ~

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