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The 2013-Irrecha – Oromo Thanks-Giving in Toronto

(URJII ONLINE)

The march to the river for cleansing

Oromos in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and other cities in Ontario and other parts of Canada warmly celebrated this year’s Irrecha Holiday yesterday, August 31, 2013 in the suburb of Whitby, a typical countryside environment that closely resembled that of Oromia. The 2013 Irrecha of Toronto has also attracted some Oromos from cities like Washington D.C and New York, from across the border in USA. There were also visitors from Germany.

As usual, this year’s Irrecha celebration in Toronto included ceremonies such as dhibaayyuu or sacrifice, cleansing or cuphaa, hulluuqqoo and darraa-gubaa or firework. Irrechaa, which is often described by anthropologists as “The Channel to God”, in all its senses is equivalent of what the Westerners call and celebrate as “Thanks Giving”. Particularly the “Dhibayyuu” part of the Irrecha ceremony is the part that signifies the saying “Thank you” to God aspect of the Holiday. Oromos of all religions, ages and gender join each other in celebrating Irrecha. Some video clips on this year’s Irrecha in GTA could be watched at: http://youtu.be/s1h7SqVOiE0, http://youtu.be/Dhu4cOxYKRAhttp://youtu.be/_Q98Xw-SrDo

The components of "dhibaayyuu": cuukkoo, buna-qalaa and itittuu/aannan

Irreechaa 2011 Celebration in the GTA and Its Surrounding

URJII, September 25, 2011

The Oromos in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and the nearby cities colourfully celebrated the 2011 Irreechaa Holiday in a colourfull scenery in countryside Whitby yesterday, September 24, 2011.

It was a mement of not only celebrating a holiday, but also of a renewal of commitments towards Oromo cultural revival, identity, nationhood, and belongingness. The Oromos were joined by a lot of friends from other nationalities.

The site was a free offer for the Holiday use by a native Canadian; and, the GTA Oromos go to this  same site every year to celebrate Irreecha.

Enjoy the video clips and pictures of the beautiful scenery as well as Oromo songs and dances following these links:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrI9hbUNW9M

 

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