The Meskel Festival is Ethiopia's grandest. It celebrates the day Empress Helena (St. Helena) is meant to have found the true cross. In Addis' tens of thousands pack Meskel Square to witness the burning of the "Demera", a giant bonfire meant to represent the one that Helena had made in her quest to find the cross, watch fireworks and burn their own cross-shaped candles throughout the night.
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