The Gidicho people are found in Gamo Gofa zone near Lake Abaya closer to Arbaminch town. Here is a mention of their known Meskel (finding of the True Cross) festivity with some words. Meskel is a very popular holiday among several nations, nationalities and people of Ethiopia. The Gurage, the Gamo and other nationalities in SNNPRS, including the Gidicho people meskel is the most popular holiday celebrated colorfully.
In Gidicho,sembo lolita or a bird is believed to ring a bell and heralds for the coming of Meskel. When a flock of birds start to fly from north to south in September, the children usually make a circle, raise their hands and express the coming of the Meskel and sing a song in their vernacular: Sembo lita so yada (2X) Bala dubine so yada Shire amines so yada,
Its free translation goes as follows “Birds have asked for meat. Let us prepare foods and drinks right now as Meskel is approaching. The other sign that is believed to herald the arrival of Meskel in Gidicho society is the appearance of a full moon in September. In this Event duties would be divided based on sexes in all age and social strata. Family- heads arrange grains for consumption to the ceremony. They also provide their family member with new cloth for the holiday. The women grind the grains and accumulate flour, also they collect firewood, buy traditional cooking materials etc , wash cloths, and decorate their huts and execute other things. The male youth usually prepare dama-sticks and they hold the stick during their cultural dance of the Event.
Before the day of meskel the clan leaders and other influential persons from the community look for a fatten ox for the celebration. When they get their chosen ox, they ask the owner to sell it at a reasonable cost. By the custom, the owner has to agree even they request to pay the price of the ox later when cotton reaches harvest.
During the first day of meskel, the Gidicho eat shore (porridge). All take their own shore to the wono home. Then, they start to serve the porridge when wono bless it. The next day is the day of serving meat. All together attend and at Sengon the wono would slaughter the bull and bless the meat to be eaten. This day is a special day for boys.
They hold a bundle of wood with fire and run to ignite the dammera (local name for the sticks and woods that would be erected at public arena for bonfire purpose). The third day is known as the day of ka hambersse. It is a day whereby women are given full freedom to meet together, sing, dance, etc. If in case, her husband, father, or brother blame or hit and disappoint the woman at this Event, all the women together forward their charge before the wono and He would punish the wrong-doer and would request the wrong-doer to beg a pardon before the disappointed woman.