Photojournalist Malin Fezehai returned for her second timeto Lalibela, Ethiopia to capture the ceremonies of Ethiopian Christmas.

By Suzanne Shaheen | |

Earlier this month, thousands of pilgrims traveled from all over the country to the holy city of Lalibela for the celebration of Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas. There, they gathered in churches to watch priests adorned in white robes and turbans with red sashes perform the ceremony of Genna, in which the priests rattle sistras, beat large drums, and sway to the beat, from Christmas Eve into the early morning of Christmas Day.

Photojournalist Malin Fezehai returned for her second time this year to capture the ceremonies, which are set against monolithic cave churches that date to the 13th century. “I am not a religious person myself,” Fezehai told, “but when you are there, you can’t help to feel the spirituality of the place and the people.” Here, a look at Fezehai’s series on Ethiopian Christmas.

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