Israeli Ethiopians celebrated the Sigd holiday in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Sigd, the Ethiopian celebration of the Giving of the Law, used to mark the community's longing to return to Jerusalem, where they consider their biblical roots to lie. Today, thousands of Ethiopian Jews make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem every year to attend the ceremony overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount.
‘Kessim,’ or religious community leaders, lead the prayer, which celebrates the biblical union between the Jewish people and God and symbolizes their desire to return to Jerusalem. Besides praying, attendants dance and take part in various ceremonies to celebrate the holiday.