Irreecha festival

Irreecha, is thanksgiving holiday of the Oromo people in Ethiopia. The Oromo people celebrate Irreecha to thank Waaqa for the blessings and mercies they have received throughout the previous year. The Irreecha festival is celebrated every year at the beginning of Birraa, new season after the dark and rainy winter season. It is attended by hundreds of thousands people. The thanksgiving is celebrated at sacred lakes across Oromia and Hora Harsadi, Bishoftu, Oromia as a whole. Once at the lake, festival-goers immerse the green grass and the flowers they are carrying and sprinkle themselves.