Hoya Hoye

Aksum & Shire 033

 

Click on image to hear the children singing ‘Hoya Hoye’ for the holiday of Buhe.

Children bang sticks together, make a beat, burn branches tied together and sing songs in exchange for food.

Very similar to Halloween in America, although somewhat more traditional.

My brother and I were hounded by ecstatic children singing to us all through the month of August, and banging on the door at all times, night and morning!

 

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One thought on “Hoya Hoye

  1. biochemdr1 says:

    I’ve been in Addis Ababa since December 2012 and today I first experienced Hoya Hoye. What a delightful tradition and the boys sang really well and made up words……said they were at a “ferenji home” and praised me as being a blessing to Ethiopia……it really is a wonderful thing. Later I saw a young boy carrying a huge batch of sticks to burn. Much better than Halloween in the west!

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