Monthly Archives: October 2015
(Advocacy for Oromia) Advocacy for Oromia expresses its deep concern about the missing of Oromo Argaa-dhageettii founder, Abbaa Dabbasaa Guyyoo.
Abbaa Liiban Dabbasaa Guyyoo was disappeared on September 27, 2015 after he returned from the Irreechaa holiday celebration in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the efforts to locate his whereabouts, Abbaa Liiban Dabbasaa Guyyoo is missing until now.
It is suspected that Abbaa Dabbasaa Guyyoo has been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Advocacy for Oromia urges the authorities of Kenya to immediately mobilize the police forces to locate his whereabouts.
Advocacy for Oromia learnt that his absence fills the whole family and Oromo community with the worst fears.
Advocacy for Oromia appeals to all Oromo community in the world, governments, parliaments, the United Nations, the International human rights watch, NGOs and all those who uphold the principles of human rights and justice to help discover the fate of this notable Oromo wisdom keeper and ensure his safety.
For more full details: A4O Missing Person 2015
Irreechaa is branched into two seasons, Irreechaa Arfaasaa and Irreechaa Birraa. The former celebrates the end of the dry season on the top of a hill or mountain while the latter celebrates the end of the wet season at a lake, river or sea.
Traditionally the day is celebrated by the Oromo people every year and it is a form of thanks giving to Waaqa (God) for helping them pass from the darkness of winter to the bright and blooming season of Spring.
During the ceremony, people of all ages carry a bundle of fresh grass and dip it in a lake, river or sea. The grass represents life, fertility and prosperity. The lake represents life and the calm beauty of nature.
Irreechaa has been observed by the Oromo people for more than 6400 years and here in Melbourne, it is not something that is religious-orientated or to diminish other religions, but an event to celebrate togetherness and joy with people from all walks of life.
(A4O) Melbourne Oromo celebrates Oromo Thanksgiving Day on Sunday 4 October 2015 at Wilson Botanical Park.
Irreechaa festival is certainly fun for the kids, but more importantly, it gives them a real understanding and appreciation of the Oromian culture. The decorations definitely signified Oromian diversity.
That’s how exiled Oromo in Melbourne see the local manifestation of one of their homeland’s biggest celebrations. So it is with Irreechaa 2015: The 6409th annual Oromo Irreechaa Festival.
Organisers would like for displaced Oromo people to have that same kind of experience that they would have at home.
“The basic thing about this is that we can feel like we’re back in our hometown in Oromia,” committee member Abdeta Homa said.
Victoria Multicultural Commission Chairperson Helen Kapalos was delighted to attend the Irreechaa Birra annual thanksgiving celebration for the Oromo people of Victoria.
Many Oromo believe that it is also a way to share a bit of Oromia with others.
Irreechaa festival began in the 2007 in Melbourne by few community members.
Irreechaa festival is one of the ancient Cushitic Civilization of Northeastern Africa – dating back more than 6000 years.