Ledet (Christmas) falls on December 29 Ethiopian calendar (January 7 Gregorian
calendar). Christmas, called Lidet, is not the primary religious and secular festival that it
has become in Western countries. Falling on 7 January, it is celebrated seriously by a
church service that goes on throughout the night, with people moving from one church
to another. Traditionally, young men played a game similar to hockey, called genna, on
this day, and now Christmas has also come to be known by that name.


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