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Eritrea. Asmara.                                                                   September square.                                                                                  Meskel is the most important religious feast for the orthodox church in Eritrea. It takes place every year on september 27.                                                                                                                                            A man dressed in white cotton loinclothes kneels near the burning woodshed, which has a white holy cross on its top.  Once fully burned, the crowd will run to the furnace, collect some unburn wood parts and pick up ashes to draw a holy black cross on their foreheads.   © 2002 Didier Ruef