Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, marked the Meskel festival, a religious festival celebrated among Orthodox Christians to mark the finding of the True Cross.
Many Christians gathered in Addis Ababa to celebrate the annual festival of Meskel, the historic discovery of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The final bonfire recalls the efforts of St Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, to find the cross. This year, the faithful prayed for peace and an end to the civil war in the country. The churches that follow the Gregorian calendar celebrate the feast yearly on 14 September.