The Ceremony Of The Holy Fire At The Ethiopian Church - Deir Al-Sultan.
During the Holy Saturday festival, the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Church, dressed in an elaborate golden garment, wearing a jewelled crown and sporting a candle carrying the Holy Fire, lights candles carried by monks, nuns and pilgrims wearing simple white cotton robes. Led by the Archbishop, the worshippers proceed to dance around the dome of the Chapel of Saint Helena to the sound of drums and to the smell of incense, chanting and singing as they go. The Archbishop then retreats to a tent erected outside the Chapel of the Archangel Michael especially for the occasion, where prayers continue.
The Ethiopian Holy Fire ceremony attracts a great deal of attention, and today the courtyard is filled with Israelis, Palestinians, Germans, Italians and a multitude of other nationalities vying for the best view of the festivities.
A spirit of joy prevails over the celebrations, fuelled by the infectious smiles of the Ethiopian pilgrims. While some of the younger worshippers pose with their candles for the many camera-toting media and tourists, some of the older members frown on, decidedly unimpressed by this outside attention.
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melissahubley (119) 2009-04-23 2:25
Nice composition; I like the flame and especially her hand as the focus and foreground. Dripping with wax it creates an immediate atmosphere (kind of haunting) that leads naturally to the rest of the photo. Great light, too. Thanks for sharing,
pastadog (13111) 2009-04-23 2:54
This one is in the best spirit of this site, including the note. A very difficult one, I guess, but well accomplished. Dramatic fg with those light tones on the hand dripping the wax, and the candle, and the fire well exposed. But apparently not her hand. Interesting scene on background too, providing the "Ethiopian" mood. It looks you are drawn by history and religion these days, I guess you'll be following the Pope next month.
michelloupis (0) 2009-04-23 3:01
Magnificent picture with a terrific atmosphere. Exquisite composition!
serp2000 (44720) 2009-04-23 3:40
My congratulations! Superb composition! I like your work, just fantastic POV! Excellent!
Polonaise (5802) 2009-04-24 11:00
Great.. And, I mean, super photography...
The taste and the skills...
You are sombebody, G.
- Copyright: Gilad Benari (gilad33) (14409)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-18
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 15mm Fisheye
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-23 2:19