The day of St. Yohannes this coincided with the Ethiopian New Year and the beginning of Meskerem, the first month of the year also had its distinctive ceremonies.

Boys and Girls gathered flowers to make nosegays which they took to the higher sort of people from whom they received in a return a present, or were given something to eat and Drink.

Festival began at dawn when people presented each other with bunches of wild flowers, Inkutatash, literally “take this present” a phrase not, however, used on any other occasion such gifts elicited a present in return.

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