Ethiopia Culture and Traditions

Ethiopians are generally modest dressers and visitors should be sensitive about going underdressed into places of worship. Avoid wearing shorts, sleeveless tops and going bare backed into places of worship. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques – so a pair of socks is useful.

Beggars and begging is a problem in Ethiopia following the recent history of civil wars, famines, droughts and population displacement, along with general poverty and under development. Avoid giving out pens, clothes and sweets to children – it is better to provide support in other ways such as donating to organisations which support local schools or clinics.

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