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Lalibela is often referred to as Ethiopia's Jerusalem. It is one of the most sacred places for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. The small town is most famous for its architectural marvels, the ancient rock churches, some of which were carved out from a single rock.
Lalibela is also one of the main centres for celebrations of Christmas or 'Ledet' (for Ethiopians). Unlike Christmas in most of the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas falls on the 7th of January. The days leading up to the date bring pilgrims and visitors from the surrounding areas, as well as from outside of the country. The celebrations are held over two days and culminate in a grand-spectacle before thousands of spectators.