Hawassa June 13/2018 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent a congratulatory message to the Sidama People on the occasion of their traditional New Year celebration of Fitche Chambalala.
In his message, the Premier said that “one of the historical glories and major standards of civilization in any society is the way they skillfully compute the calendar by using the formula that they have used to knowledgably determine key dates like their New Year celebrations by using the lunar system in the universe.”
He said that the nation is proud of the skills exhibited by the elderly in Sidama in determining key dates of their celebrations right up to the moments in minutes and seconds.
Abiy noted that such a skill from the Sidama people is a national asset and cultural heritage not only for South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State but for the entire peoples of Ethiopia.
“The attractive preparations and celebrations of Fitche at the eve of the celebrations of Chambalala, the beautify and wisdom as well paraphernalia conducted through the days of the celebrations surpasses generations of the peoples of Sidama as a living intangible heritage of mankind.
“I express my heartfelt delight and sincere admiration for this global heritage and for all those who labored to organize such an eventful occasion”, the Premier noted.
The Prime Minister wished peaceful celebrations and a year of forgiveness, love and unity for the people of Sidama and all who celebrate the occasion.