Oromo Community in Switzerland

Guddinni hawwaasa Oromoo wabii jireenyaati. Unity is strength! Einigkeit macht stark!

  

 

Baga qee'e Hawwaasa Oromoo Swiss nagaan dhuftani!

Nutis Nagaan isin simanna

 

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Willkommen auf der website der  Oromo Gemeinschaft in der Schweiz 

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Oromia in brief/Oromia gababbinaan.

The Oromo make up a significant portion of the population occupying the Horn of Africa, HOA. In the Ethiopian Empire alone, Oromo constitute about 40 million of the 80 million inhabitants of the Ethiopian Empire.

Oromo is one of the most numerous nations in Africa which enjoys a homogeneous culture and shares a common language, history and descent and once shared common political, religious and legal institutions. During their long history, the Oromo developed their own cultural, social and political system known as the Gadaa system. It is a uniquely democratic political and social institution that governed the life of every individual in the society from birth to death. The Gada was based on democratic principles. Election used to take every eight years. The main criteria for election to office included bravery, knowledge, honesty, demonstrated ability, and courage.The Gada system is the pillar of Oromo culture and civilization, and it helped the Oromo Society to develop democratic, political, economic, social and religious institutions for many centuries. Ecologically and agriculturally Oromia (Oromo country- Biyya Oromo) is the richest region in the Horn of Africa.

Summary/Cuunfaa

People

Oromo

Country

Oromiya (Oromo) or Biyya - oromo (Oromo land)

Capital  

Finfinnee (Original name) or  (Addis Ababa- name given by the Ethiopian ruling class)

Names
A  first name is Oromos personal name , followed by  the names of their
father, grandfather. Popular Oromo names are:- Males (Abdisaa, Caalaa, Guutaa, Gammachuu,Olaana, Furgaasaa,etc.,), Females (Caaltu, Daraartuu,Hinkooshee, Leensaa, Baaccuu, Qananii, Jifaaree,etc.)

Origin

Decendents of the Cushitic people which inhabited the eastern part of   Africa 

Area 

~ 600, 000 sq. km  ~ 15 times Switzerland

Population

~ 40 million (half of the Ethiopian population: 80 million)

 Holidays

Holidays generally follow  the Christian, Muslim and Waaqeffataa holiday schedule. Traditional Oromo religion celebrates a thanksgiving (Irreecha) festival in September.
The Oromos have also begun celebrating an Oromo national day to remember their heroines and heroes who have sacrificed their lives trying to free their people from Ethiopian rule, or Oromo Martry's Day (April 15)
 
Climate

 Oromia lies within the tropical climate zone. However, large part  of  oromia experience cooler temperature conditions because of its highst altitud. Large   part of oromia gets summer rain fall except the south and southeaster low land areas which receive during the winter season.   

Geology

The geological structure of oromia is dominated by volcanic, that is the great east Africa rift valley system that disects oromia.

Language

Oromiffaa or Afaan - Oromoo,  written with Latin alphabet (known as QUBEE),  and one of the five most widely spoken languages in Africa

Religions

Waaqeffataa (Traditional belief in Waaqaa or God), Islam, Christian

 Food

The major foods of Oromos are animal products including foon (meat), aannan (milk), baadu (cheese), dhadha (butter), and cereals ( marqa (porridge) and buddeena (bread)).

The special dish of Oromos is ittoo (made with meat or chicken, spices, hot pepper, and other ingredients) and bideena bread (made from xafi or millet). Oromos drink  daadhi (honey wine), and faarso (home made beer).

Economy

Agriculture (Coffee, several crops,Vegetables, spices) and         animal husbandry; mining industry; tourism trade; medium and small - scale industries.

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