Culture and customs of Ethiopia

We would like to show you the great cultural diversity of this country. Certainly, in this article you can find some curiosities about culture and customs of Ethiopia.

Next, we are going to talk you about the dressing, the music, the sports and the language.


Traditional women’s clothing is made with shemma, a fabric used to make the popular costume called habesha qemis. Many times they include bright threads into the garment to achieve a touch of elegance. Also, they often use shama and kuta fabrics.

On the other hand, both men and women wear shawls and for the church, women should not drive their hair, so they use a netela. They also use a shawl on their shoulders exposing a cross or meskelya, made of bright threads at the edges.

They use all kinds of bracelets and necklaces made of gold and silver.

Certainly, nowadays it is very common that people dress in the western way, leaving their traditional dress only for celebrations.


In Ethiopia there is a great typology of music and there are a lot of musical instruments. Each ethnic group is associated with a sound that can identify and differentiate it from others.

It is necessary to mention that many of the pieces of traditional music have an influence of popular music from other regions such as Somalia.


The sport with more popularity is athletics. The country has several medals won in the Olympic Games. Also, football is gaining importance in society.


The official language is Amharic, a Semitic language. Certainly, approximately 27 million people use this language. In addition, the language that is most used is the oromo.

We hope that this article has made you want to discover more about the culture and customs of Ethiopia. Please, be in mind that you will need an Ethiopia tourist visa if you decide to travel to the territory.

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