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'Melkam Gena!': Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas

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Amaretch Tademe says though she celebrates the European and Ethiopian Orthodox Christmases with her family in Silver Spring, Md., she hopes her children will carry on the old traditions from her home country.
Rebecca Sheir
Amaretch Tademe says though she celebrates the European and Ethiopian Orthodox Christmases with her family in Silver Spring, Md., she hopes her children will carry on the old traditions from her home country.

While many churches celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates on Jan. 7. Rebecca Sheir talks with members of the D.C. region's sizable Ethiopian community about the meaning of the holiday's feasts, fasts and family time.

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