City restaurant hosts Ganna bash

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MASERU — Mediterranee` Restaurant in Maseru is set to hold belated Ethiopian Christmas celebrations on Saturday from 12:00pm till late.
The Ethiopian Christmas is known as Ganna and is celebrated on the 7th of January.
Ethiopia is one of the most ancient countries in the world which has been independent since ancient times and still follows the ancient Julian calendar. This is a reform of the Roman calendar introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC.
The Julian calendar remained in use into the 20th century in some countries as a national calendar, but it has generally been replaced by the Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.
Mediterranee` Restaurant  proprietor, ‘Mathabo Lekhela — an Ethiopian woman married to a local —  said the main idea behind the weekend celebrations is to introduce people in Lesotho to Ethiopian culture.
“We want to introduce diversity in culture in Lesotho,” Lekhela told the Weekender on Tuesday.
“We would want to introduce people in Lesotho in general and Maseru in particular, to a bit of Ethiopian culture.”
She said people will get to sample Ethiopian dishes, coffee and musical entertainment.
“The Ethiopian community resident here will be dancing and entertaining people.
“We will also play Ethiopian music and DVDs for the audience in the evening.
“We will also be serving guests some coffee because it plays a very big part in Ethiopian culture,” she said.
She added the show will accommodate the whole family, and is one not to be missed.
“It will be fun for the whole family. People should expect exotic and very tasty Ethiopian dishes with Ethiopian melodies.”
Lekhela explained Ganna is just like any other Christmas celebrated on December 25, in most countries.
“It is just like Christmas Day in many countries. The difference lies on the dates and how the days are calculated,” she said.
Entry charges to the show will be M60 per individual.

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