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Irreecha Malkaa and Irreecha Tulluu: Holistic Expressions of the Oromo Gadaa System

Posted: Onkoloolessa/October 9, 2017 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments

‘Irreecha Malkaa’ takes place at the banks of rivers immediately following the end of the rainy season, and it is celebrated in late September or early October when the rainy season subsides giving way for Spring (Birraa). The Oromo people celebrate ‘Irreecha Malkaa,’ not only to thank Waaqa (The Almighty/The Creator) for the blessings and mercy they have received throughout the previous year, but also to welcome the new season of bountiful harvests after the rainy season. ‘Irreecha Malkaa’ is celebrated at each local region in Oromia, but the ones marked in Bishoftu (at Hora/Lake Arsadi) and Buraayyuu (at Hora/Lake Gafarsaa) are the largest ‘Irreecha Malkaa’ celebrations.

‘Irreecha Tulluu’ is observed at the top of mountains. It marks the end of the dry season and the onset of the rainy season (from March to May). On this day, people gather on mountain tops to give thanks to Waaqa (The Almighty/The Creator) for all the blessings bestowed upon them throughout the past dry season, and ask for reconciliation, peace and harmony for the present and the future. The largest ‘Irreecha Tulluu’ event is held on Mount Cuqaallaa in Bishoftu.

Irreecha was recognized by UNESCO in 2016, together with the rest of the Oromo Gadaa System, as an essential element of the Oromo Gadaa System.


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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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