Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over Ethiopia have been celebrating the annual religious festival of St Gabriel at the famous shrine of Kulubi Hill in the country's western Hararege region.
GV people arriving at church on Kulubi Hill
GV church PAN DOWN TO people walking around church (TWO SHOTS)
SV troops preceding priest (TWO SHOTS)
SV Canopy (tabot) being carried in front of Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch, His Holiness Abunna Tekyllahaimannot
GV Ethiopian Air Force jets fly over area PAN TO church (THREE SHOTS)
CU ZOOM OUT TO women dancing and singing
SV canopy being carried in front of Patriarch PAN TO people following
SV people leading cow in procession, some marchers with umbrellas over their heads
GV two women walking around in procession doubled over
GV TILT DOWN TO church and PAN ACROSS large crowd outside church
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Background: Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over Ethiopia have been celebrating the annual religious festival of St Gabriel at the famous shrine of Kulubi Hill in the country's western Hararege region.
SYNOPSIS: Pilgrims of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church had travelled from the country's fourteen provinces for the festival. The atmosphere was calmer than last year, when some of the fiercest fighting of the Ogaden War against Somalia was raging in Harar city, seventy-five kilometres (48 miles) to the west.
A vividly-coloured canopy, or tabot, preceded the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, His Holiness, Abunna Tekeyllahaimannot.
A fly-past by Ethiopian jets was a reminder of the continuing state of tension between Ethiopia and Somalia, and the vows the faithful not to allow their shrine to fall into enemy hands.
In a major part of the ceremonies, the tabot was carried among the people.
In October, 1977, Somali troops reportedly tried to attack the St Gabriel shrine, but the members of the Ethiopian People's militia and farmer's associations drove them off.
Christianity was introduced to Ethiopia in the fourth century, and about half of the country's population are now believed to be Christians. Thirty-five percent are Moslems.