On the 9th of June 2017, Brussel’s iconic Manneken-Pis received an Ethiopian traditional costume. A colorful ceremony including Ethiopian dances and cuisine was organized at the Brussels Town Hall for the handing-over of the costume, in the presence of Ethiopian Ambassador H.E. Teshome Toga and Mrs Clémentine Barzin, Brussels Municipal Councillor. About fifty guests from the Brussel’s Manneken-Pis Order, universities, and other friends of Ethiopia attended the ceremony.
Welcoming the guests, Mrs Clémentine Barzin noted that Ethiopia was a country with a long and grand history, and that it was especially pleasant to see that this Ethiopian culture was going to be linked to Brussels through Manneken-Pis.
In his remarks, H.E. Ambassador Teshome Toga underlined the longstanding and close friendship between Ethiopia and Belgium, which is particularly intense in the field of academic cooperation and people-to-people relations.
A procession then went to the statue of Manneken-Pis where the costume was unveiled to the participants.
Manneken-Pis is one of Brussels landmark and symbols since the year 1619.
The Ethiopian costume was prepared by the Ethiopian fashion sourcing company Store251 in collaboration with YEFIKR design and Leather Exotica
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