In Pictures: Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd Holiday in Jerusalem

Holiday marks biblical union between Jewish people and God.

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.