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‘Ashenda’ is a unique and beautiful cultural holiday celebrated in Tigray. The name ‘Ashenda’ means a tall grass with a height of 80-90 cm. During this event, girls wear 'Ashenda' around their waist with their beautiful traditional dresses. This holiday is celebrated in August following the ending of a two-week long fasting called 'filseta'. The festival is celebrated in such a way that a group of girls and young women walk around their neighborhood beating their drums and singing various traditional songs. Here in Houston, this event is being hosted by Houston Tigray community and for the last few years, the event has been celebrated sometime in either August or September spectacularly.

​What makes last year’s Ashenda celebration so unique was that we had to celebrate it under such a difficult time for the people of Tigray. Hence, the main goal of this event was to do some fund raising so we can help the people of Tigray.


'LEKATIT' 11  (የካቲት 11 ) 

 'Lekatit' 11 is one of the three major events in which the community  has been celebrating every year. This special event will be celebrated some time in February in remembrance of those Martyrs who had sacrificed their precious life for freedom, peace and prosperity of the Tigray people.   Details about this  event will be posted in our acebook's page and on this website as well.




'Picnic' is the third event which will be celebrated  sometime in May.  This event has so far been hosted at  Eldridge Park in Sugarland. This Event like the other ones is a special festivity which brings kids, families and the rest of the community members together and enjoy some Barbecue and other fun activities tailored for kids and adults. 

This year's event is going to be celebrated sometime in June or July.


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Ashenda Houston 2018

Ashenda Houston 2018

Ashenda Houston 2017

Ashenda Houston 2017

Houston Tigray community introducing the beautiful Ashenda culture in 2018 on fox 26

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