Joy to all the world – the Lord has come!
Christ’s birth is celebrated in Ethiopia on January 7th. Genna comes from the word ‘Gennana’ (eminent) and expresses the coming of the Lord to free mankind from sin. It is a much more spiritual celebration than we often observe in the United States and begins early in the day by going to church. Afterwards, people celebrate with more worship, feasts (when possible) and festivities. Giving gifts is a very small part of Christmas in Ethiopia – instead the focus is on Christ. Village men and boys play a game called “Genna” in the afternoon, which is similar to hockey (no ice!), and all the community gather to watch and cheer with lots of enthusiasm.
We want to wish all of our Ethiopian staff, ministry partners and friends a very blessed celebration of our Savior’s birth!