The Sigd is a Cultural Event in Israel that has Traditional Roots in an Ethiopian Holiday.
The annual Ethiopian holiday Sigd is a tradition of the Jews of Ethiopia – Beta Israel (House of Israel). The holiday occurs 50 days after Yom Kippur and is an official Israeli state holiday.
Meaning “bowing down” or “prostration” in Ge’ez – the Ethiopian holy language), the Sigd holiday entails a desire and longing to return one day to the Holy Land, Israel. Nowadays it is a commemorative holiday of unity and salvation to Israel from the terrors of civil war in Ethiopia.
Traditionally, Jewish communities from all over Ethiopia would gather on a mountaintop and pray for a return to Jerusalem. Ethiopian-Israelis continue to meet at community centers and city centers and celebrate by dancing, singing, wearing traditional clothing and eating traditional Ethiopian food.
For some delicious food to celebrate Sigd, check out our recipes below:
Berbere Spice is a cornerstone flavor of Ethiopian cuisine. Israelis especially love its hot flavor and versatility in usage for all kinds of dishes.
The Traditional Ethiopian Alicha Wot is an African vegan delight. Eaten alone or with injera, couscous or rice, this veggie-filled dish does the trick.
Try this Doro Wat Spicy Chicken Recipe for a Taste of Real Ethiopia.