The festival of Meskel is second in centrality just to Timkat and has been applauded in the country for over 1,600 years. The word truly means “cross” and the dinner recollects the exposure of the Cross whereupon Jesus was executed by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The principal event happened on 19 March, AD 326, anyway the feasting experience is directly celebrated on 27 September.

A critical number of the traditions observed all through the festival are said to be genuinely connected with the legend of Empress Helena. On the eve of Maskel tall branches are coordinated and yellow daisies, noticeably called meskel blooms, are set at the top. During the night these branches are amassed before the compound entryways and ignited. This symbolizes the exercises of the Empress whom, when no one would show her the Holy Sepulcher, lit incense and spoke to God for help. Where the smoke glided she tunneled and found three crosses. To one of them, the True Cross, various wonders were credited.