Welcome 2015 Irreechaa Day!!

The Southeastern Region Melbourne Oromo Community Association in Victoria Australia would like to invite you to the annual Irreecha Birraa festival, Oromo National Thanksgiving day, of the year on Sunday 4 October 2015.

Irreechaa 2014Irreechaa Birraa is a celebration that repeats once in a year-in birraa and involves special activities or amusements as it has a lot of importance in our lives. It symbolizes the arrival of spring and brighten season with their vibrant green and daisy flowers.

It’s a day all Oromian’s celebrate and cherish due to our ties to our root: Oromo Identity and country. It’s a time for reflection, celebration and a good connection with our best heritage, Oromummaa.

Theme: Moving Forward: A Year of Networking 

This year’s Oromian Irreechaa Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole theme park devoted to diverse Oromian cultural Identity. The theme of this national Thanksgiving Day is “Moving Forward: A Year of Networking ” in which it aims to celebrate Irreechaa festivals as a medium for bringing all Oromias together to follow and promote our tradition and religion in society, to create public awareness where Oromo cultural and religious issues will be discussed, to provide a better understanding of Oromo culture and history, to pave the way for promotion of the Oromo culture, history and lifestyle and to celebrate  Oromo Irreechaa, a national Thanksgiving Day.

We believe that Irreechaa- Oromo Thanksgiving Day- holds Oromo nation together. The day is very important as it helps to bring life to a state of cheerfulness and enthusiasm through celebration.

This Oromo Irreechaa Festival will be held in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday 4 October 2015 at Wilson Botanical Garden in Berwick , Vic 3806 from 11:30 to 6:00.

Happy Irreechaa!

The Southeastern Region Melbourne Oromo Community Association in Victoria Australia 

2013 Annual Irreechaa festival is COMING!!

(Oromocentre, 7 June 2013) It is with great pleasure that to invite you to the annual Irreechaa festival, Oromo National Thanksgiving day, of the year on Sunday 29 September 2013.

DSC03396Irreechaa Birraa is a celebration that repeats once in a year-in birraa and involves special activities or amusements as it has a lot of importance in our lives. It symbolizes the arrival of spring and brighten season with their vibrant green and daisy flowers.

It’s a day all Oromian’s celebrate and cherish due to our ties to our root: Oromo Identity and country. It’s a time for reflection, celebration and a good connection with our best heritage, Oromummaa.

Moving Forward: Promoting Oromummaa

This year’s Oromian Irreechaa Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole theme park devoted to diverse Oromian cultural exhibitions. The theme of this national Thanksgiving Day is “Moving Forward: Promoting Oromummaa” in which it aims to celebrate Irreechaa festivals to follow and promote our tradition and religion in society, to create public awareness where Oromo cultural and religious issues will be discussed to provide a better understanding of Oromo culture and history, to pave the way for promotion of the Oromo culture, history and lifestyle and to celebrate Irreechaa, a national Thanksgiving Day.

We celebrate Irreechaa to thank Waaqaa for the blessings and mercies we have received throughout the past year at the sacred grounds of Hora Harsadi (Lake Harsadi), Bishoftu, Oromia. The Irreechaa festival is celebrated every year at the beginning of Birraa (the sunny new season after the dark, rainy winter season) throughout Oromia and around the world where Diaspora Oromos live.

We celebrate Irreechaa not only to thank Waaqaa (God) also to welcome the new season of plentiful harvests after the dark and rainy winter season associated with nature and creature. On Irreechaa festivals, friends, family, and relatives gather together and celebrate with joy and happiness. Irreechaa Festivals bring people closer to each other and make social bonds.

Moreover, we are celebrating this auspicious event to mark the end of rainy season[1], known as Birraa, was established by Oromo forefathers, in the time of Gadaa Melbaa[2] in Mormor, Oromia.   The auspicious day on which this last Mormor[3] Day of Gadaa Belbaa[4]-the Dark Time of starvation and hunger- was established on the 1st Sunday of last week of September or the 1stSunday of the 1st week of October according to the Gadaa lunar calendar ‐‐ has been designated as our National Thanksgiving Day by modern‐day Oromo people.    Oromo communities both at home and abroad celebrate this National Thanksgiving Day every year.

Irreechaa as a medium for bringing all Oromians together

The Oromian Irreechaa Festival will not only serve as a medium for bringing all Oromians together, from all its diasporas, as one voice, but will also focus on promoting and enhancing Oromummaa in freedom struggle, tourism, arts and crafts, business, restaurants and hospitality, and entertainment. Moreover as a moving and flourishing heritage, Irreechaa also connects our Oromo identity with the global civilization in which the industrial and manufacturing sectors of heavy and light machinery of natural resources and raw materials.

During the event, we will be serving with Oromo foods and featuring with traditional dances by Oromo children, youth and dance troupes. Irreechaa is about a lot more than just putting on shows, it encourages engagement and participation from everyone in the greater community across our great city, country and the globe.

Please come and experience our Oromo culture with people from various communities, social organizations, agencies, volunteers, friends and families.

Source: http://waaqeffannaa.org/home/2013-annual-irreechaa-festival-is-coming/


[1] Rainy season symbolized as a dark, disunity and challenging time in Oromia.

[2] Gadaa Melbaa was established before 6400 years ago at Odaa Mormor, North-west Oromia.

[3] Mormor in Oromo means division, disunity, chaos.

[4] Gadaa Belbaa is the end time of starvation.

Call for an Extra General Meeting for all members

(Oromocentre, Melbourne, 5 February 2012) The Southeastern Region Melbourne Oromo Community Association in Victoria – Australia Inc. requests all of its members for an Extra General meeting to be held on 25th of February 2012 based on BBQ’s day feedback. The purpose of the meeting  is to strengthen our community in its  services and to come up with common understanding among our members.

Therefore, we would  like to meet you and discuss on the following agendas:

  1. To establish elders/ advisory body,
  2. To discuss on community development program: Education, Youth issues, parenting, sports, ect.
  3. To deliver strategically development plan for our community.
  4. Other businesses

Venue: Springingvalle Neighbor Hood House.

46-50 Queens Avenue

Melway 79 J8

Springvalle.

Time: 03:00 – 06:00 pm

Date: 25/02/2012.

The Management Committee.

http://oromocentre.org/events/extra-general-meeting-for-all-members/

18 December 2011: Oromo Festival @ Federation Square

The Oromo Community cultural festival will be held on Sunday 18 December 2011 at Federation Square, Central Heart Melbourne of Australia. It is the effort to renew Oromo traditions of paying homage to the motherland. The first group of Oromo migrants consisting of three or four families arrived in Melbourne, Australia in 1984 and it was a big step in our community for today’s Oromo culture and identity activities  in Australia.

The Oromo are indigenous African people inhabiting the North Eastern part of Africa. Their country is called Oromia, which is currently under the domination of the Ethiopian colonial Empire.

The Oromo are descendants of the Eastern-Kushitie group of people indigenous to the Horn of Africa, with a population of over 40 million, which makes them one of the largest indigenous peoples of East Africa.

Date: Sunday 18th of December 2011

Time: 3pm-7pm

Place: Federation Square, Melbourne Australia

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