In Pictures: Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd Holiday in Jerusalem

Holiday marks biblical union between Jewish people and God.

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Ethiopian Jews celebrated Thursday the Sigd holiday, marking the biblical union between the Jewish people and God.

Every year, thousands of Ethiopians from all over Israel congregate in Jerusalem to pray together, led by their religious leaders, the "Kessim." They recite prayers marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem', while overlooking the old city.

Earlier in October, some 3,000 people attended a "Sigdiada" in Tel Aviv. The festival, which celebrated the culture and folklore of Israel’s Ethiopian Jewish community, attracted both Israelis of Ethiopian origin and others.

Ethiopian Jews celebrate Sigd holiday in Jerusalem.Credit: AFP
Members of the Israeli Ethiopian community take part in a ceremony marking the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem.
Ethiopian Jewish women pray during the Sigd holiday marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem', as they celebrate from a hilltop in Jerusalem.
A 'Kessim' - or religious leader - of the Ethiopian Jewish community prays during the Sigd holiday marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem'.
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Members of the Israeli Ethiopian community take part in a ceremony marking the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem.Credit: Reuters
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Ethiopian Jewish women pray during the Sigd holiday marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem', as they celebrate from a hilltop in Jerusalem.Credit: AFP
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A 'Kessim' - or religious leader - of the Ethiopian Jewish community prays during the Sigd holiday marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem'.Credit: AFP
Ethiopian Jews celebrate Sigd holiday in Jerusalem

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