Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ethiopian New Years

On Sunday Arnie and I went out to celebrate Ethiopian New Years.

Technically the holiday is on the monday, but we were told that the Canadian Ethiopian's were celebrating on Sunday because everyone has to work on Monday. We decided to go to the same restaurant we went to for Christmas. We love this place! It looks like it is built in a trailor with a mobile home type addition.

It is mostly Ethiopian's who go to this restaurant as it is located close to the Ethiopian community. Our sweet waitress barely spoke english. We had a chance to get to know the family who own the restaurant a little bit and got to talking about our adoption. We found out the couple is Christian and has family living in Addis. The lady told us that when we get our referral that she would be honored to do a coffee ceremony for us. She also said that when we do go to Ethiopia that she will call her family and arrange for them to meet up with us and show us around!

We are going to keep going to this restaurant often as we would love to keep building a relationship with this family. I thought about our child all night and how I wished they were with us... We knew we needed to celebrate this holiday and continue to find out more about Ethiopian culture even though our child is not with us yet. I look forward to the day we can bring our child to this restaurant, I hope they will feel at home there and that they will be able to meet some friends.... Now if only that phone would just ring!!


  1. That's wonderful that you made a connection with the owners of the restaurant! Hopefully they will be a great resource for you when your child comes home. Maybe they can teach you some Ethiopian cooking tips? :) Hoping and praying that phone rings very soon.

  2. I am praying and hoping next year your child will be there with you! I seriously think about you guys everyday!

  3. We ended up riding in a taxi with a friendly Ethiopian cab driver on Ethiopian New Year's this year and our conversation with him was just perfect, as most of the world was of course, unaware of the significance the day held. I hope that next year, you are able to have your child with you when you celebrate!

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