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In Pictures: The 2017 Irreecha Malkaa Ateetee at Gafarsaa in Buraayyuu

Posted: Onkoloolessa/October 8, 2017 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments

Thousands of Oromo and other celebrants marched in procession to Hora/Lake Gafarsaa during the morning hours of Sunday, October 8, 2017, to thank Waaqa (The Almighty/The Creator) for the transition from the rainy and gloomy Winter season to the bright and bountiful Spring season. Hora Gafarsaa is located in Buraayyuu, a city located just 10km outside of the capital, Finfinne (Addis Ababa), Oromia. This particular Oromo Thanksgiving holiday is called Irreecha Malkaa Ateetee; it’s the second biggest Irreecha celebration held in the Spring season – next to the one in Bishoftu, and it comes a week after Bishoftu’s grand Irreecha celebration.

During Irreecha, celebrants use the space to express political and nationalist speeches due to the suppression of such speeches elsewhere. Such speeches include holding and decorating in the OLF’s flag (the colors of “red-green-red”), which has, over time, become a symbol of Oromummaa (Oromo nationalism). Some celebrants also show the sign of the #OromoProtests, i.e. arms crossed over one’s head. The other combination of colors popular at Irreecha is “black-red-white” – which represents the UNESCO-recognized Oromo Gadaa system of governance; the Irreecha holiday was also recognized by UNESCO in 2016 as an element of the Gadaa system. At this year’s event, funds were collected for the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the displaced people in the Oromia-Somalia border crisis.

Here are some photos from today’s Irreecha Malkaa Ateetee in Buraayyuu; all curated from Social Media.


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Qeerroo vs. Foollee - The Need for 'Tokkummaa' through 'Ilaa fi Ilaamee'

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In the post #Irreecha2017 season, two groups of Oromo youth are emerging: the red-green-red (revolutionary) Qeerroo, and the black-red-white (evolutionary) Foollee. All used to be loosely referred to as 'Qeerroo;' it looks like this loose term doesn't define everyone anymore.

Earlier this week, we shared the following graphic calling on Tokkummaa between these two Oromo youth groups (see below in the comment-section). And, we also shared a video of the Gadaa culture of "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" in order to indicate the way to Tokkummaa (i.e. discussion for consensus/Tokkummaa). The video can be watched below in the comment-section.

Insults, bullying and other negative tendencies shouldn't be hurled at each other; it produces nothing, but resentments. We have the UNESCO-recognized Gadaa system to be used here: "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" (consensus-building through matured discussion).

There is no right or wrong way to the desired Bilisummaa, but there are different ways. Neither Qeerroo's nor Foollee's approach is right or wrong, but they're clearly different; we're starting to notice through posts on social media.

The fast-change-seekers (the revolutionary) Qeerroo are restless (by nature or choice); the slow-change-seekers (the evolutionary) Foollee are deliberate (by nature or choice). Each person should choose his or her liking and align in the group that suits his or her decisions, then discuss carefully and respectfully to understand each other (not tear each other up to cause distrust and resentments).

Points of conjunction (collaboration) are both groups' stance against the Woyane-inflicted human rights abuses in Oromia, and their love for Oromummaa and Oromia.
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Tokkummaa tokkummaa tokkummaa yaa ilmaan oromoo tokkummaa( 2x) Artist Dr ALII BIRRAA Tokkummaan waan hunda caalaa hunduu itti duulaa jabaadhaa ilmaan aayyaa isatu nuuf saaqa karaa barbadeessee tabbaaf hallayyaa isumatu nuun gala alaa jabeeffadhaa ilmaan aayyaa(2x) Jol

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