Buhe Belu! 96 Comments

Buhe MeTa Ho

Buhe Belu Ho

YamelaTa Ho

Kibe Kebute Ho

Enday’Ne’Ta Ho

Well so, Buhe Met’To Hede; while combing through the musical archive for an appropriate song, non other than Mulatu Astatqe’s Assiyo Bellema jumps out.

What is Buhe? 

Buhe, an old custom similar to the Western Halloween in practice, falls on Nehasse 13 (21 August). As the rains are still streaming down at the time, the celebration is undertaken not by sensible adults or good little girls, but by rough and rude small boys. The clergy refer to it as Debre Tabor.

Buhe may mean "bread" or "dough," and on the eve of this feast the bread dough is set in each home for baking the following day. When night falls, between 10 to 40 boys, all following their chosen leader (awraj), jump up and down and sing repetitive, often ribald songs at doorways until some of the dough is handed round.

The prettiest part of the festival is on the eve, when hundreds of chibos (bunches of dried twigs) are lit outside each dwelling and everyone, including women and little girls, gather round the flickering fires. The habit of lighting torches is sometimes said to originate from the story of the Lost Children who wandered away and were found by torch-light and given bread to eat.

Extracted from Ethiopian Airlines Selamta Magazine 

96 Responses to “Buhe Belu!”

  1. 1 Senay

    ?? ?? ?
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    Thanks Nolawi for remembering the day.

  2. 2 rebecca

    woy woy ager nafeqechign eko, min yederege

  3. 3 Taddesse

    Hoya-Ho Ye, Ho
    Eza Mado, Ho
    Chiss Yechesal, Ho
    Ezi mado Chiss Yechesal, Ho
    Agafari, Ho

    Nice of you to post this, it took me back when I was 7!! Mulatu’s song also comes to mind! Simply briliant!!

    I was also wanted to let your readers be aware of that the new group from NY has a Buhe song as well it’s called (Ho-Ya-Ho-Ye) Even though it’s modernized (Like they say in Addis) It’s pretty good. :-)

    Check it out… http://www.bole2harlem.com It’s song #2 on the CD, I wonder if it’s a big hit durring Buhe week in Addis??

  4. 4 soda

    ya i know that song… but its not my favoriate bole to harlem song.. i like the dire song the best

  5. 5 Segno Let!

    I agree with you SODA, the Harar song is off the hook, I checked it out! Maaaaaaan, it’s a nice song and video!!! Honestly I don’t like the Hoya-Hoye but it’s only my opinion.

  6. 6 listro

    This is such a wonderful song. Mulato astatke is a genius, the best

    it might be halloween time here, but we have buhe!

  7. 7 Temelkach

    once again, hats off to you!

  8. 8 Solomon Gebreselassie

    buhe belu ho
    buhe belu ho
    yeAdam lij hulu
    Yegnama geta
    Ye alem fetari
    Yeselam Amlak
    Tihut mehari
    Dimtshin semana bebru demena
    yebuhew biran legna metalin

    ykob yohannes ho indihum Petros
    Amlakin Aiut ho muse elias
    abatum ale ho lijen simut
    ………… for full song contact me at


  9. 9 Solomon Gebreselassie

    Hey anyway Buhe belu is an ethiopian Orthodox festival not a duriye festival or muslim festival.
    I thank God for giving me the opportunity to write that we Ethiopians are the best we have the best culture even though that some muslims and some foreigners lie, and always talk about us the wrong way. We live by God, with God and thanks to God.For some of your reading this I am sorry but this is the reality. Like it says in the books “Ethiopia ejochuan wede Egziabher tizeregalech”
    and Please don’t compare hallowen and Buhe
    Buhe is a spiritual, festival but Hallowen is a satanic festival.
    “Egziabher simih lezelalem yetemeseghene yihun”
    “Misgana yihun and amlak lemihon le Ab le Weld le Menfes Kidus Amen”

  10. 10 spacefog

    @ Selomon,
    Besaaaaaaaaaaaaak ….:)

  11. 11 Berubird

    @ Solomon Gebreselassie:
    Hi sol,…how r ya. Could u finish z song i mean the lyrics about BUHE? plz!

  12. 12 Solomon Gebreselassie

    buhe belu ho
    buhe belu ho
    yeAdam lij hulu
    Yegnama geta
    Ye alem fetari
    Yeselam Amlak
    Tihut mehari
    Dimtshin semana bebru demena
    yebuhew biran legna metalin

    ykob yohannes ho indihum Petros
    Amlakin Aiut ho muse elias
    abatum ale ho lijen simut
    kale new ina ho yeweldkut

    Dimtshin semana bebru demena
    yebuhew biran legna metalin

    Hey man look if can read amharic font i will scan the lyrics from my book and i will give it to to you as soon as possible don’t worry

  13. 13 Leo

    yebuhe leta new yetewoldkut

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    Buhe drives me back to my childhood. Sweet. But, I am sorry, now, our celebrations are getting cooler and cooler.

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