Emperor Halle Selassie took pride of place in the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian festival of "Teketale Sigie" celebrated in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (20 September).
SV PAN Festival gathering.
MV Emperor on throne.
CU's Golden and silver crosses held by deacons (3 shots)
MV PAN Clergy in robes.
CU Emperor PAN to civil dignitaries.
MV Clergy with icons and banners.
CU White-robed priests.
MCU Bible, PAN to priests.
CU Patriarch reading ornate bible, PULL OUT to MV.
SCU Clergy under decorative umbrellas.
Patriarch presents Maskel flowers to Emperor.
MV Ministers with flowers.
SV Emperor, PAN TO deacons.
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Background: Emperor Halle Selassie took pride of place in the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian festival of "Teketale Sigie" celebrated in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (20 September).
He joined church leaders and priests dressed in many coloured robes in the festival, which heralds the coming of the sunny season and the bloom of flowers.
"Teketale Sigie" precedes by seven days the "Feast of Maskal", in which Ethiopians celebrate the traditional story in which the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified is said to have been found by an Ethiopian Empress in the fourteenth century.
SYNOPSIS: Ethiopians gathered at the Grand Palace in Addis Ababa on Wednesday for the religious festival of "Teketale Sigie". It marks the coming of Spring and the bloom of flowers.
Emperor Haile Selassie had pride of place at the festival in which deacons of the Christian Orthodox Church carried crossed of pure gold and silver.
Other clergymen wearing colourful robes flanked the Emperor.
The "Teketale Sigie" festival precedes by seven days the feast of "Maskal", a ceremonial religious festival which marks the finding of the "True Cross".
An Ethiopian Empress of the fourteenth century is said to have discovered the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.
This year, priests from the St. Raguael Church conducted the festival of "Teketale Sigie".
They were assisted by other Christian Orthodox priests from throughout Ethiopia.
Patriarch Abuna Theofilos read from an ornate parchment Bible.......among the listeners, priests carrying coloured umbrellas.
In the spirit of "Teketsle Sigie", the Patriarch presented flowers to Emperor Haile Selassie as a symbol of the coming of Spring.