Ethiopia celebrates national laughter day

In Ethiopia the national laughter day is a day when Ethiopians of different walks of life and ages, the sick and the visually impaired meet to just laugh. There is no reason whatsoever for their laughter. It is a moment where people let themselves free for some hours and forget any worries they may have.

Ethiopia is one of the few countries in the world that celebrates national laughter day and the rationale behind it is to develop a positive thinking amongst its citizens.
Those who have attended several laughter days that has been honored for the past 10 years in Ethiopia have developed a psychological change. They now believe that laughter is the remedy they need to relax and free their mind from existing political, social and economic hurdles.
The initiator of the laughter day is Girma Belachew an Ethiopian who broke the world record In the World Guinness Impossibility Challenger Event held in Germany Munich in 2002 when he laughed non stop for three hours and five minutes.
Girma who owns a school that teaches people how to laugh has shared his laughter concept by having laughing sessions with the military, medical professionals, patients with different ailments, amongst other professionals in Ethiopia.  From Press Tv see also the Video


The tribe where big is definitely beautiful

The tribe where big is definitely beautiful: Ethiopian men compete to be the fattest in the village by drinking a gruesome mixture of blood and milk while living in isolation for SIX months

By  Ruth Styles

  • Men from the Bodi tribe compete to become the fattest during the new year or Ka’el ceremony
  • They spend six months guzzling a mixture of blood and milk in a bid to fatten up as fast as they can
  • The winning fat man doesn’t get a prize but is feted as a hero for life by the rest of the tribe
  • Bodi want to retain their traditions but they are threatened by government resettlement plans

Slim might be in elsewhere but for Ethiopia’s Bodi or Me’en people, bigger is always better. The tribe, which lives in a remote corner of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, is home to an unusual ritual which sees young men gorge on cow’s blood and milk in a bid to be crowned the fattest man.

Six months after starting the regime, the men emerge to show off their newly engorged physiques and for a winner to be chosen. The champion fat man is then feted as a hero for the rest of his life.

Now the little known rite is the subject of incredible photos taken by French shutterbug Eric Lafforgue – who spent time with the Bodi while travelling through south-western Ethiopia during the run up to the Bodi New Year or Ka’el ceremony.

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From Chopin to Ethiopia, and Partway Back Again


Girma Yifrashewa The Ethiopian pianist and composer played classical fare and his own works at the Issue Project Room on Saturday night. Foto from NYT

Published: June 9, 2013

Music Review, The New York Times

“Classical music is music without Africa,” Brian Eno bluntly declared in a 1995 interview published in Wired magazine. “It represents old-fashioned hierarchical structures, ranking, all the levels of control,” he said. An art-rock provocateur, Mr. Eno managed to patronize two cultures in a single blow, fetishizing a free-floating independence in African art that he found lacking in rigid European traditions. Yet if Mr. Eno’s statement oversimplified a complicated global exchange, relatively little evidence indicates that the Western classical tradition has held as much sway in Africa as it has in other parts of the globe, from Venezuela to China. So Girma Yifrashewa, a 45-year-old Ethiopian pianist and composer who performed at the Issue Project Room in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday night, offers a rare and fascinating example of aesthetic adaptation and convergence.   Read the full story from The New Work Times.