The family of a 3rd grader Sophie came in to share Ethiopian culture launching our 9th Culture Club season. Lydia, Sophie’s mom prepared Tibs, small meat chunks, sautéed with onion, garlic, hot pepper and rosemary, Kick Alicha (split pea) Stew with injera (sourdough flatbread made with Teff flour, an ancient grain first cultivated in Ethiopia), and a slice of Defo Dabo (Habesha Bread) made with wheat flour, black cumin and Ajwain (Bishop’s Weed).
After learning some traditions and facts about Ethiopia, students danced and played instruments while listening to the Hoya Hoye song and dance; it is a song played by boys in Ethiopia on August 13 to celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and also on September 11 to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year. The song is sang by one singer while others follow rhythmically. The lyrics involve praises, with the boys dancing outside the homes of individuals. Traditionally, family members of the home will join by dancing to the song and give in exchange bread particular to the holiday called Mulmul, to which the boys respond by blessing the family for the following year before they leave.