Zehabesha Special - Meskel in Addis Ababa Ethiopians are currently celebrating Demera, the eve of the annual Meskel festival. Meskel (True Cross) holiday marks the finding of the cross that Jesus was crucified on. It is a magnificent carnival celebrated for two subsequent days. The eve of the festival is known as Demera, a bonfire which is lit before the end of the day to symbolize the smoke that led Empress Helena to the true cross It falls on 26 September and is a colourful occasion, attracting scores of believers dressed in robes. Meskel marks the bright warm weather at the end of the rainy season. It was inscribed in the UNESCO representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2013.