By Ashao Tewolde – December 13, 2012
On public Holidays
On Thanks Giving Day, in a form of email, I asked several friends, relatives and my readers whether Ethiopians or Eritreans have a Thanks Giving Day or for that matter public holidays. I did this to find out whether there is a correlation between political unity and public holiday. The responses were alarming, the Eritreans gave me May 24, as a day for national holiday, and the Ethiopians gave me a mixed bag of holidays ranging from religious holiday to the battle of
But my question was about Civil Societys
These responses do indicate the complexity of Eritrean-Ethiopian-American communities status and position on culture and its impact on communities and societies.
Every era has its own utopian possibilities. EYONA movement has its chance to make lives more bearable if not comfortable through traditional culture and technology. There is no secret in that if ones community or nation does not have public holiday, there is little hope for moving backward let alone forward. The EAthiopian community could benefit to learn and re-learn the lesson of cultural history.
The practice of ዘር History-Culture by both governments in
The leaders of EPLF and TPLF seem to reject the cultural history of
Some of us do all remember, when the Military Junta of Menghistu Haile Mariam came to power, the first thing he was receiving some advice from the foreign educated elites of Ethiopia – was to disrespect Ethiopian culture. Due to the credit of EPRP leaders, their followers were not allowed to disrespect or change the culture of any Ethiopian community or society. They use to say, Like language, culture is born, grow and die on its own accord without interference.
The current regimes of
Ethiopian and Eritrean nationals in the Diaspora can choose which culture to adapt to whereas the people inside the respective countries do seem lost to track their own cultural choice. The current imposition of culture is not different from that of the DERG era. For forty years, cultural imposition did not work the same way that imposition of religion did not work in a thousand years. Diaspora communities have choices to negotiate the value of cultural change. Let the adult keep what is ours and let the youth embrace theirs and see which one is beneficial to US and ME.
That is the challenge of choice for all people in Diaspora communities whether in Europe,
Proposal for 2013
African American youth will have a chance to participate in the fusion of culture that will take place in March 2013 between Eritreans and Ethiopians. The Youth will be defined along the ages of eighteen and thirty four.
Why is that important to take place? Where is it going to happen? And how is it to be conducted? These and other important questions have been posed to me after I wrote the article on fusion of cultural communities.
The main rationale of cultural unity is that culture matters in any society let alone in
However, these global associations cannot take place in a vacuum. My space, face-book, tweeting and other social networks have helped the youth to be free and vulnerable at the same time. The time has come to help the vulnerable groups before they become dangerous to themselves, in the case of African-American, to their families in the case of Eritreans and communities in the case of Ethiopians.
EYONA will deliver service and history to these age groups in face-to-face format. The struggle by African American for Civil Rights, the liberation for Nazanet & Harnet by the Eritreans and the value of keeping
The pilot project is taking place in
HAPPY Birth days for all of us
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