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                                                                               Ashenda

          Ashenda is a unique Tigraian traditional festival which takes place in August to mark the ending of fasting called “ filseta ”. This event is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. The name of festival “Ashenda” comes from the name of a tall grass that girls make into a skirt wear it around their waists as a decoration. The young women and girls dress the best traditional dresses called “ Tilifi ” which is a cotton dress decorate with amazing embroidery from the neck to toe in front of the dress. The girls also adorned themselves with array of beautiful jewelry. After they gather in the village or city center, they divide into small groups and they go from house to house singing, dancing and playing their drums to deliver their good wishes. They stop at every house and sing and dance for the people in the houses. It is customary for people to give them money food and drinks and other times for their efforts. They continue the whole day going from house to house and occasionally  Playing Ashenda ( girls and young women ) stopping in a village or city center and singing and dancing for a while before they go on their tour.

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