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President calls for more works to promote Ashenda to int’l community

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Addis Ababa, August 22, 2019 (FBC) –President Sahle-Work Zewde has called for more works to promote Ashenda festival to the international community.

The President made the remark today at the celebration of Ashenda, girls’ and young women’s festivals, in Mekelle, Tigray regional state.

Like Ashenda, Ethiopia is endowed with many tangible and intangible cultural, religious and historical heritages, she said, adding “it is the responsibility of all to preserve these heritages from the impact of globalization.”

“Just like Meskel, Fichee-Chambalaalla and Gada system, I believe that Ashenda will be registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO,” she said.

The President further called for more efforts to prevent child marriage and violence against women and girls.

Ashenda has a significant role to attract tourism, said Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray regional state, adding all people should fulfill their responsibilities in preserving the festival.

He said the regional state will do all to inscribe the festival on UNESCO lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

President Sahle-Work Zewde and Dr Debretsion finally wished all Ethiopians a happy Ashenda festival.