The Italian word Lucia means light, and St Lucy is the patron saint of the blind, of vision and of light.
This is also associated with the
Meskel, also known as the Finding of the True Cross, is celebrated by dancing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire known in Ethiopian tradition as "Damera".
This feast commemorates the day in
Ethiopian New Year. The Rastafarians believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual homeland and the place where they want to return.
For this reason Rastafarians recognise the
John the Baptist had admonished Herod for divorcing his wife, Phasaelis, and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother Herod Philip I.
Herod was an important political figure in Judea, a part of the Roman Empire.
On Herod's birthday, Salome, the daughter of Herodias, danced before
Obon or Ullambana is also known as Ancestor Day.
The festival is aimed at celebrating the reunion of departed ancestors with their living families.
Extended families often