The following is Galaanee Bulbulaa’s best wishes for #Irreecha2017:
Baga Ayyaana irreechaattin isin gahe Barri kun bara bilisummaa hawwinee itti arganu nuf yaa ta’u!
Sung about 8 years ago, Galaanee Bulbulaa’s music “Irreechaa Irreeffanaa” has become an icon that signals the onset of the Irreecha holiday, which is celebrated at the end of September (or beginning of October) each year during the start of the Spring season in Oromia. The Oromo call this holiday in Spring Irreecha Malka or the Oromo Thanksgiving. It’s a celebration of the end of the rainy and gloomy Winter season in Oromia, and the coming of the bountiful and bright Spring season – and it’s celebrated near a water body, such as a lake or a river.
In the song, through her melodic voice, Galaanee Bulbulaa narrates the story of Irreecha and her pride in the Oromo culture. Galaanee was born around Bishoftu, the town that holds the biggest of the Irreecha Malka celebrations near the local lake named Hora/Lake Arsadi. This closeness to Bishoftu has given her the native’s advantage to vividly tell the story of Hora Arsadi’s Irreecha. Her energetic dance moves leaves one no room, but to join in the celebration of the Oromo culture and heritage. Enjoy Galaanee’s “Irreechaa Irreeffanaa” below.