On 29 December (7 January Gregorian calendar), Ledet (Christmas) signals the end of Tsome Gahad, (Advent) a total of 43 days of fasting. Beginning at 6 am with a magnificent procession and lasting until 9 am, people attend mass then celebrate the end of the fast with the customary meal of injera with chicken, lamb or beef and traditional beer, Tella and 'honey wine', Tej.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.