The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, was on Sunday (23 July) celebrating the 80th birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie.
The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, was on Sunday (23 July) celebrating the 80th birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie. An 80-gun salute and dawn service began the celebrations. There were other civic and religious functions during the day, and the celebrations were climaxed by a special banquet in the Grand Palace, and a fireworks display. This coverage includes good natural sound.
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SYNOPSIS: Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia, where specially illuminated streets were just one outward sign of the celebrations marking the 80th birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie on Sunday.
The day's civic and religious functions began with a dawn service at the small Kidane Mehret Church inside the grounds of the Grand Palace.
A large crowd had waited from an early hour to see the Emperor arrive. Many of the Emperor's subjects braved cold showers as they waited for the service to end.
The special service was conducted by the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. National leaders were among the congregation.
After the service of private thanksgiving, Emperor Haile Selassie appeared on the balcony of the Grand Palace to greet the crowd which was in festive mood despite cloudy skies and the intermittent rain. Later the Emperor received birthday greetings from members of the Diplomatic Corps.
After a banquet for 2000 guests, the celebrations were climaxed with a fireworks display.