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    EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE OF ETHIOPIA LAST THURSDAY (26 SEPTEMBER) ATTENDED THE GREAT RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL OF MASKAL, WHICH COMMEMORATES THE FINDING OF THE TRUE CROSS BY ST.

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    EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE OF ETHIOPIA LAST THURSDAY (26 SEPTEMBER) ATTENDED THE GREAT RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL OF MASKAL, WHICH COMMEMORATES THE FINDING OF THE TRUE CROSS BY ST. HELEN, MOTHER OF THE EMPEROR CONSTANTINE. AFTER LIGHTING A HUGE BONFIRE IN THE CAPITAL, ADDIS ABABA, THE EMPEROR WATCHED A TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION FORMED BY SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE, EITHER MOUNTED OR ON FOOT.

    THE EMPEROR HAD THE SAME DAY RETURNED TO THE CAPITAL AFTER ATTENDING THE FIFTH AFRICAN SUMMIT CONFERENCE AND VISITING KING HASSAN OF MOROCCO AND PRESIDENT TITO OF YUGOSLAVIA.

    HE ARRIVED IN THE SQUARE BY CAR AND WAS GREETED BY FESTIVAL ORGANISERS AND RELIGIOUS DIGNITARIES. A GUARD OF HONOUR MADE UP FROM THE ETHIOPIAN ARMED FORCES SALUTED HIS ARRIVAL.

    THEN, AFTER A BRIEF RELIGIOUS SERVICE, THE EMPEROR LIT THE HUGE BONFIRE AND THE FESTIVITIES BEGAN. THE TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION MOVED SLOWLY ALONG AS GROUPS SANG AND CHANTED ETHIOPIAN FOLKLORIC SONGS. THE MASKAL FESTIVAL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE MANY RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS HELD ANNUALLY IN THE COUNTRY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABX975JZNENLSM0OCDYAY4RN8M
    Media URN:
    VLVABX975JZNENLSM0OCDYAY4RN8M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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