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.

Ba’aa Bilisummaa

 

 

Daandii Ragabaa

The Ethiopian Apartheid Policy on Oromo at Irreecha Festival

(Oromocentre, Melbourne, 07 October 2012) On Sunday, September 30, 2012, several million Oromos gathered at Bushoftu’s Hora Arsaddii in Central Oromia, southeast of Finfinne to celebrate Irrecha, a national “Thanksgiving” holiday. Of the millions, Ethiopian-cum-Tigire security forces arrested 150 to200 Oromo persons of all ages and gender and jailed them in Mai’ikelawi (a torture prison in Finfinne) and at other unknown places. The violent mass arrests were accompanied by dehumanizing activities by the “Ethiopian” army and police. Women, girls and men were stripped naked in public of cultural costumes at gunpoint.

The mass arrests and harassments are part of the apartheid policy Ethiopian regimes have followed towards the Oromo people. Apartheid here stands for a system of legal ethno-racial  segregation enforced by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Party (EPRDF) since 1991. The EPRDF was created to protect the interests of Tigreans and to violate the interests of members of other nationalities such as the Oromo.

At Irreecha,  Ethiopian security forces interpreted Oromo cultural outfits as “symbols of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)” or symbols of “the enemy.” It is wildly crazy that the culture of a whole group of people is equated to OLF to justify attacks.
A lot has been reported on the phenomenon. I am not here to repeat the news, but to put it in perspective. The questions that is rarely asked about recurring yearly crackdown against Oromos based on their identity–Oromo ethnicity, religion, culture, language and clothing articles– is whether these brutal actions are just accidents of human rights violations or whether they are the continuation of Ethiopian apartheid policy against Oromo bodies, minds and cultures.The fact that mass arrests repeatedly occur during Oromo holidays, but do not occur at all during Habesha holidays such as Meskel and Timket, show the current Ethiopian regime, as past ones, follows an apartheid policy against the Oromo people in all spheres of life, including areas of religion, culture, economy and the right to exist.

There were not any collective or individual arrests carried out against members of the ruling ethno-national groups from the Tigire and Amahara during the Habesha new year, and Meskel celebrations just prior to the Oromo’s Irreecha. Abyssinians freely exercise their collective festivals and celebrations because they own the state.

The crackdown at Irreechaa 2012 in Oromia is not a just a mere government interference with Oromian national events, but it is a systematic apartheid policy. Stripping Oromo women and girls naked in public, sending several hundreds to jail , beating festival-goers with batons, infiltrating the holy site at Arsaddii and policing what kinds of songs the youth sang are premeditated actions that were centrally planned by Ethiopia’s notorious National Security and Intel Service (NSIS).

The so-called federal police, conventional troops and Oromia Police were deployed in tens of thousands to terrorize Oromo unarmed civilians. Does such a discrimination happen to Tigreans or Amara when they celebrate their holidays in Finfinne (right in the heart of Oromia) or Mekele? Not at all. They celebrate in complete joy, while Oromos attempt to have just one happy holiday is violently disrupted. Habesha are safe to do whatever they want because they control the armed forces. There is no such a thing as Oromia police or troops–all of the troops and security forces belong to the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, the engine of which is the Tigire People’s Liberation Front.

Collective arrests and killings of Oromos have been going on for the last 21 years in Ethiopia. Nothing has changed since Meles Zenawi died and the figurehead Hailemariam Desalegn replaced him. What does it mean when on single day 150-200 purely members of the Oromo nationality are arrested and sent to Ethiopia’s most notorious torture prison, where all kinds of primitive physical punishments are exacted upon them and they are let to waste away like they are nothing? It means apartheid. It means racist discrimination based on ethnicity.

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa lists the names and pictures of 50 Oromos, mostly high-school teenagers and college-age students. Alemitu Lemi Jabessa, 19, and Ayantu Mohammed Mumme, 22, were two females among the arrested. These two young girls are high school students from West Shawa and East Hararge, central and eastern Oromia respectively. They came to be happy with their people, but they ended up being thrown to a torture prison. As many other Irreecha pilgrims did, they traveled long distances to get to the holy site in Bushoftu. There they were met by brute apartheid forces who did not like decorated Oromo costumes they were wearing. They hated the  ethnic identity of these girls and the Oromian national self-confidence they represented .   Alemitu and Ayantu are likely to be tortured and subjected to other forms of physical and emotional assaults in prison.

It is well known that Ethiopian troops and police deliberately torment and physically abuse women wherever they go. Wayyaanee troops and police are just a bunch of crude rapists and murderers. Will they abuse Tigrean females who are 19 and 22? NO! They abuse Oromos since they view them as “members of the enemy ethnic group”. The occupying forces are notorious for using any form of abuses as weapon of continued segregation and collective humiliation.

The goal of Ethiopia’s apartheid policy is to humiliate and traumatize as many Oromos as they can so that Oromos abandon their quest for freedom, culture and traditional religion, Waaqeffannaa. The goal is to force Oromos to speak Amaharic or Tigrigna, to make the Oromo abandon theirs and adopt Habesha cultures and religions. The goal is also to rid Oromia off its youngest and brightest future leaders. They aim to pave the way for Habeshas to extract the resources of Oromia exclusively for themselves.

An Amnesty International’s record shows that just a year ago over 100 Oromo opposition leaders and activists were hunted down and sent to Ethiopia’s torture prison en masse. No one Tigrean was in that. This shows apartheid policy is just continuing in Oromia. Then apartheid policy was enforced  under Meles Zenaw. Now a year later, it is being enforced under Hailemariam Desalegn, where 200 Oromos have been arrested from all over Oromia for a mere reason of gathering to celebrate their national holiday, Irreecha.

Although Ethiopia has over 86 ethnonational groups, no group else has been subjected to the level of collective state-sponsored violence (terrorism) as Oromos have been in Ethiopia. The privileged Habesha groups enjoy unparalleled protection from the Ethiopian government because of just satisfying the birth criterion of being co-ethnics with ruling elites.

Apartheid policies against the Oromo in Ethiopia are conducted systematically. Oromos are denied the right to assembly on their public holidays such as Irreecha. Oromos are denied economic, social and cultural rights in violation of major international human rights conventions and treaties needless to mention here. Even clothes they wear and the language they speak get Oromos in trouble. Despite their numerical majority, Oromos have been reduced to a minority status in the national government and in the national economy of the empire.

In contrast, Tigreans who are numerical minority are economic and power-majority in Ethiopia today. Oromos are exploited! They are arrested in large numbers frequently. We don’t see the same things happen to members of the ethnic Tigire or Amahara groups from the north. We must ask ourselves “why not”? If a regime is protecting its own kind and attacks others over differences, that is a good sign of a racist segregation policy. Arresting, beating and transporting Oromos to torture prisons in several hundreds is just a normalized behavior among the Ethiopian-cum-Tigrean security forces. When reported about, Oromos are made into mere numbers. The numbers mask that all these people who have been arrested and jailed are somebodies’ sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, cousins, nieces and so on and the pain is so great in every home!

As for Oromos in OPDO who are complicit in enforcing apartheid policies on behalf of Tigrean elites, history will not forgive you. Traumatizing Oromos will only make them want their own state–Oromia, where they shall be fully protected when they succeed in creating the independent Democratic Repulic Oromia. To want autonomy within the current system is just too soft and too dangerous for our people.  Who would want to stay in an empire that targets Oromos as a collectivity for cultural and physical destruction? What will be the answers of some Diaspora-based Ethiopianist Oromo sellouts about this humiliating mass arrests? Do you still want to be part of the Ethiopian empire and help it in subjugating Oromos just to save your clan or sub-regional identity and loyalty to narrow Godina  groups? Lest you forget harma-muraa and harka-muraa just to  fill up your tummy!

For those Qeerroo youth who took every risk and broke the news of the mass arrests, you are serving your nation and you must be proud. Keep up the good work. Oromia shall be free through your blood and sweat!  Ibidda dinaan gama hundaan Oromiyaatti qabisiifame haga dhaamisinutti boqannaa hinqabinu!

“Irreechaan Waltajjii Oromummaa Dagaagsuu dha.”

(Oromocentre, Melbourne, 4 Onkoloolessa  2012) Ayyaanni Irreechaa sirna hoo’aadhaan Australia, kutaa Victoria, magaalaa Melbourne  keessatti kabajame; ayyaanni kun sirna ittiin aadaa fi eenyummaan Oromoo mul’isan ta’aa  jira.

Ayyaanni Irreechaa  hawaasa Oromoo biyya Australia, kutaa Victoria, magaalaa Melbourne  fi naannoo ishii jiraataniinFulbaana 30 bakka Footscray park jedhamutti kabajame kana irratti ilmaan Oromoo uffannaa aadaa Oromoo calaqqisuun bifa hedduu miidhadgaa fi hoo’aadhaan gaggeeffamee jiru.

Ayyaanni kun akkuma aadaa Oromootti eebba maanguddoon kan eegalame yoo ta’u ittaansuun, dubartooti faaruu Irreechaa-“Mareehoo” jechaa Irreeffattota dursanii warri kaan immoo isaan hordofanii sirnaan gara Malkaatti qajeelan.

Akka Malkaa Footscray Park ga’aniin marabbaan eebbaa kenname;  ittaansuun angafti irreeaffatee akka warri kaanis Irreeffatan taasise.

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Namuu uumama qabatee, Uumaa  kadhachuu fi galateeffachuun akkuma kan darbeef toletti, kan dhufus akka isaaniif tolu kadhatanii jiru.

“Irreeffannaan Waaqa tokkicha galateeffannaa dha,” kan jedhan maanguddoon Oromoo tokko, yeroo ammaa kanatti immoo “Irreechaan wiirtuu fi waltajjii Oromummaa dagaagsu ta’aa jira. Namuu Irreechaan dahatee Oromummaa isaa yeroon itti jabeeffachuuf hojjatuu dha,” jedhanii jiru.

Keessaayyuu, kanneen biyya isaanii irraa fagaatanii jiraniif Irreechaan cancalaa fi hidda eenyummaa ti,” kan jedhan Irreeffataan biro immoo, “ yeroo Irreeffannu lafa warra keenyaa, ayyaana qe’ee warra keenyaatiin deebinee guutamna. Kun hidda biyyaa fi saba keenya waliin walitti nu  hidhu waan ta’eef eenyummaa keenya jiraachisuu fi waaan nu hir’ate nu guutuu keessatti gahee guddaa qaba,” jedhanii jiru.

Ayyaana Oromoon martu bakka jiru irraa waan aadaa fi eenyummaa Oromoo ibsuu ficalaqqisuun guutamanii irratti hirmaatan kun sirna Irreeffatameen booda sagantaa “Dhandhamaa” keessatti dhangaan Oromoo akka nyaatamuu fi beeksisamu godhamee jira.

Sagantaa barsiisa Irreeffannaa fi aadaa Oromoo keessattis, Irreechaan yeroo itti Oromoo nagaa fi araara gidduu isaanitti buusan, guyyaa galateeffannaa ta’uun ibsamee jira.

Irreechaan erga eegalee gara waggaa 6400 ol kan lakkoofsise yoo ta’u, yeroo ammaa keessattis ummata Oromoo biyya keessaa fi alaa biratti sirna hoo fi dammaqinaan kabajamaa jira.

INVITATION TO OROMO NATIONAL THANKSGIVING DAY

(Oromocentre, Melbourne, 19 September 2012) The Convening Committee of Irreechaa says  that the upcoming Irreechaa 2012 -Oromo National Thanksgiving Day -celebration will be held  in Victoria, Australia on September 30, 2012.

According the committee press release, the Oromo national Thanksgiving Day is the day of blessing and joy in which people come together and share experiences with various communities, social organizations, volunteers, friends and families.

The Oromo 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 1st Sunday 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.

Date………… September 30, 2012

Time……….. 11:30‐5:30 pm

Location……. Footscray Park, Footscray, Victoria, 3011

(Ballarat Rd, Footscray Park behind Victoria University)

The Convening Committee of Irreechaa: Oromo National Thanksgiving Day


[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.

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Ergamtoonni sirna Wayyaanee ammas Waaroo Salphina Uffatte !

(Oromocentre, Melbourne, 02 Fulbaana 2012) Owwaalcha nama mataa Wayyaanee fi bulchaa Impaayera Etoophiyaa wagga 21 ture, Mallasaa Zeenaawii, dhaadhessuufi sirna awwaalchaa kallattiin addunyaatti agarsiisuuf Australia, magaalaa Melbourne keessatti sagataan waldaa hawaasa Tigirootaa fi bakka bu’oota mootumichaa, Qoonsilaan isaanii qophaa’e  fashale.

Guyyaa Mallasaan itti owwaalamu Fulbaana 02, 2012 sirna owwaalcha isaa suduudaan/kallattiidhaan  (live) guddaa irratti magaalaa Melbourne, Federation Square, irraa dabarsuuf akeekamee kan ture diddaa fi mormii hawaasti Oromoo, Ogaadenen, Gambeellaa fi kan biroo taasisaniin kan haqame ta’uun beekamee jira.

Dhimma kana duara dhaabbachuuf hawaasti keenya yeroo gabaabaa keessatti walitti dhaamuudhaan odeeffannoo isaa waliin ga’ee qindoomina waldoolee hawaasaa Melbourne keessa jiran, waldaalee Ogaaden, Gambeell fi warreen sirna sana morman waliin walta’uun tattaaffii godhameen sagantaan sun akka milkoofne taasisamee jira.

“Sochii uummatoota keenyaa dura dhaabbachuun akka hin dandamne waan hubataniif battala isaan silaa sagatnaan ni eegala jedhanii eeganitti “sagantichi haqamuu” mardoon poolisa irraa isaan dhaqqabe,” kan jedhe ibsi SERMOCAVA, “sagantichi haqamuun poolisaan haa ibsamu male gochaa isaa daran mirkaneeffachuuf hawaasti keenyaa fi Ogaaden bakka sanatti argamuun diina garaa gubee injifannoo galmeessuun sagataa diinaa fashalsiisuun danda’ameera,” jedhee jira.

Ji’a tokko fuula dura bifuma walfakkaatuun jila tokko kan diinni asitti bobbaafatte Junaddiin Saddootiin hoogganamu salphisamee deebi’uun ni yaadatama.

Qeerroon London keessatti alaabaa Oromoon Olompiika miidhagsan!

(Oromocentre, Melbourne, 20 Hagayya 2012) Qeerroon Oromoo biyya abbaa isaanii keessaa dhiibamanii jireenya godaansaa keessatti argaman qabsoo oromoo fi mallattoo qabsoo Bilisummaa Oromoo kan ta’e, Alaabaa ABOtiin ayyaanaa fi sirna Olompiika baranaa miidhagsuun isaanii beekame.

Odeessa karaa walqunnamtii hawaasaa kan akka youtube fi facebook tamsaasamaa jiru irraa akka hubatamutti Qeerroon Oromoo biyya Engilaandi, magaalaa London keessa jiraatan alaabaa Oromoo qabachuun sirbaa fi weedduu Oromoo dhageessisaa eenyummaa saba Oromoo waltajjii addunyaatti mul’isanii jiru.

“Qabsoon bakka kamittuu adeemsisamuu akka danda’u kan mirkaneessan dhalooti sabboonoo kunneen hojii boonsaa dalagan kanaan bara baraan kan yaadatamaniidha,” kan jedhan deeggartooti qabsoo Oromoo hedduun, kabajaa fi ulfina dhaloota kunneeniif qaban dabarsaafii jiran.

Kanneen seenaa keessatti hojii badaa dalagan akkuma dhalootaa dhalootatti balaaleffataman, kanneen hojii boonsaa dalagan immoo faandhahii dhalootaa ta’uun faarfamuu caalayyuu, galmee seenaa qabsoo Oromoo keessatti bakka olaanaa goonfatanii jiraatu.