The following video of the Irreechaa in Bishoftu, Oromia, is through the eyes of an Ethiopianist and a supporter of the current regime. An estimated 2.5-million or more people attended this year’s Irreechaa celebration in Bishoftu, Oromia, on October 3, 2010.
Reading the article posted below is highly recommended for those who confuse non-religious rituals that have been shown in the video as if they are related to the Irreechaa holiday and the Oromo religion of Waaqeffannaa. According to those who have contacted us regarding this video, the video maker should have consulted Oromo religious experts to clear the confusions. The video maker should have also given due diligence to ensure his content does not misrepresent the religion or the celebration; the same respect he’d give to Islam or Christianity.
Clearing the Confusion on Irrecha (The Reporter)
By Merga Yonas
Irrecha is one of the major traditional Oromo festivities observed annually with colour and great splendor at the end of the rainy season in September at Lake Hora Arsadi in Bishoftu, 45km southeast of the capital.
The festival is a thanksgiving ceremony to Waqa (Supreme Being or Creator) for the end of the rainy season and the dawning of birra (spring).
The other purpose of Irrecha is to thank Waqa for the beautiful weather and to beseech it to last until the promised crops ripen to sustain life, for children to grow, for the sick to heal, for justice and fraternity to prevail among human beings. Since back in the days, green vegetation, livestock and water mean a lot to the lives and culture of the Oromo and are accorded due respect.
In the past, every aspect of Oromo culture and for that matter life has been influenced by their political, social and legal system, which is widely referred to as Gada system. The system has guided the religious, political, social, philosophical, artistic, historical and economic aspect of the Oromo people for centuries.