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Meskel (Ethiopian/Eritrean Orthodox Christianity)
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This day commemorates the finding of the True Cross, the physical remnants of the cross on which Jesus was crucified, by Queen Eleni (St. Helena) in the fourth century. The celebration includes burning a large fire, to symbolize the bonfire that Queen Eleni was told to make in a dream. As told in her prophesying dream, the smoke from the fire leads to the burial site of the True Cross. When the fire is extinguished, followers use the charcoal to make the sign of the cross on their foreheads.

When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Where: United States

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