© Eric Lafforgue


The Festival of Mariam Dearit takes place in Keren, Eritrea. Thousands of visitors from all parts of the country come to pray, to worship the Holy Mary, and to enjoy with a picnic, music and dance. The Mariam Dearit shrine is regarded as a holy place, and a source of fertility. This small Catholic shrine to the Virgin Mary is built into a baobab tree said to be 500 years old or more. On May 29, the day of the festival, the statue of the Madonna is carried around in a procession.

© Eric Lafforgue
© Eric Lafforgue


The people, and culture of Eritrea surrounding the time of the festivities.



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© Eric Lafforgue
© Eric Lafforgue