The unique Ethiopian festival of Sigd, exclusively practiced by the Ethiopian Beta Israelite community. The festival attempts to group together its religous community to pay homage to their faith in anticipation for the one day return to their homeland. The traditional event has significantly changed since the beginning of the repatriation of Ethiopian Jews to Israel as early as the 1970s. During the celebration, members of the community fast, recite Psalms, and gather before breaking the fast, and celebrate with music and dancing. Because this celebration falls on the Jewish Sabbath, the actually celebration of this year was hosted on November 24th. In 2008 the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, officially added the Ethiopian Sigd holiday to the list of State holidays.
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