Cultural Trip

A4Oromo Trips & Tours Aug 17, 2021


Cultural Trips

Oromia has a lot to offer to tourists: numerous historical and cultural heritages, attractive scenery, variety of endemic and common wild life and bird species, whole year-round pleasant climate, rich fauna and flora, important archeological sites.

Some of the cultural Trips in the regions are Irreecha Hora Finfinne, Irreecha Hora Har-Sadi, Irreecha Arfaasaa, Gumi-Gayo, and Yaa'ii Me'ee-Bokuu. The Oromo people peacefully celebrate one of the most important Oromo cultural holidays, Irreecha, on the begining of October. Each year, massive crowds gather in Finfinnee and Bishoftuu for the annual festival.

The festival is a spectacular show of cultural, historical, and natural beautification in their full glory at the height of the season. It has spawned somewhat of a science of knowing just when the blooms will peak at blooms and decline, depending on the wind, rain, and sunshine they get.

Irreechaa celebrations, the premier holiday of the Oromo people marks the end of the dark-rainy season and the beginning of a blossom harvest season. The event is very important for the nation as it brings the nation together and helps to connect and share experiences in their day to day life.

The Gadaa system is an indigenous egalitarian democratic system practised among the Oromo nation of East Africa.The system regulates political, economic, social and religious activities of the community dealing with issues such as conflict resolution, reparation and protecting women's rights. It serves as a mechanism for enforcing moral conduct, building social cohesion, and expressing forms of community culture. The system is organized into five classes with one of these functioning as the ruling class consisting of a chairperson, officials and an assembly. Each class progresses through a series of grades before it can function in authority with the leadership changing on a rotational basis every eight years.

Gathering under a sycamore tree known as Odaa is part of traditional Oromo culture. Today, the sycamore tree is a symbolic representation of dialogue and consensus, where the local community comes together to make new rules and resolve disputes. Given the vastness of the Oromia (369,136 square kilometres) and its population (nearly have of Ethiopian population), assemblies take place in several places and assemblies are named after the place of gatherings.

For instance, among the Borana-Oromo it is known as Gumi-gayo (Gumi means assembly and Gayo refers to a place of water well); among the central Oromo it is called as Chaffe (meaning, assembly at the edge of prairie grass); among the Guji-Oromo it is known as Yaa'ii Me'ee-Bokuu (Yaa 'ii means multitude and Me'ee-Boku refers to the place).

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