Gifatta is a highly anticipated new year celebration of the Wolaita people in Ethiopia. It is a time of great joy and happiness as families and friends come together to celebrate the start of a new year. During this time, the people of Wolaita return to their homes from wherever they may be to join in the festivities.

The Giffata celebration is marked by the saying of Yoyo Gifaata, which means “happy new year” in the Wolaita language. This phrase is used by everyone as they wish each other good luck and prosperity for the coming year.

The celebration is a time to say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new. It is a time to let go of any negative feelings or experiences from the past year and to embrace the new opportunities and happiness that the new year brings.

Elders play an important role during Giffatta, as they bless the younger generation with words of wisdom and guidance. They also offer prayers for a prosperous and peaceful year ahead.

Overall, Gifaata is a time of great significance for the Wolaita people. It is a time to come together, to celebrate life, and to look forward to a bright and hopeful future. ዎላይታ ታይምስ ሚዲያ
Abinet Petros 31 August 2023 wolaitta Soddo

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