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Buhe (Ge'ez: ቡሄ) is a holiday in Ethiopia held on August 19[1] (according to the Gregorian Calendar; Nähase 13 Ethiopian calendar). On this date, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor (Debre Tabor Ge'ez: ደብረ ታቦር).[2][3] People of the neighborhood tie a bundle of sticks together to make a chibo, and set it on fire while singing songs.[3] The main song is called "Hoya Hoye" with one singer singing while the others follow in a rhythmic way. It involves young boys singing songs of praise outside of people's homes, in exchange for fresh bread (itself called buhe).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ethiopian festivals". Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  2. ^ "Ethiopian Orthodox Liturgical Calendar Holy Days". Major Holy Days. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Transfiguration of Jesus" (PDF). (PDF). Retrieved 17 August 2014.