Ethiopia National Anthem

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Anthem History

adopted 1992

Anthem Lyrics English

Ethiopia land of our fathers


the land where our God wants to be


like bees to a hive swiftly gather


God children are gathered to thee.


With our red, gold and green floating for us


and our Emperor to shield us from wrong


with our hope and our future before us


we hail and we chant and we sing


God bless our Negus, Negus I


who keeps Ethiopia free


to advance with truth and right, truth and right


to advance with love and light, love and light.


With righteousness pleading


we hail to our God and King.


Humanity pleading - one God for us all


Ethiopia the tyrants are falling


who once smote thee ´pon thy knee.


Thy children are heartically calling


from over the distant seas.


Jahoviah - the great one has heard us.


He has come to protect us from wrong.


He has sent his holy angel to guide us


and to protect us in this time


God bless our Negus, Negus I


who keeps Ethiopia free....


to advance with truth and right, truth and right


to advance with love and light, love and light.


With righteousness pleading


we hail to our God and King.


Humanity pleading - one God for us all

Ethiopia Flag

Ethiopia Flag

Flag History The blue symbolizes peace and the pentagram represents the unity of the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia. The origial symbolism of the colors denoted the Christian virtues. In the present official symbolism, the green represents fertility, labor and development; the yellow, hope justice and equality, and the red, sacrifice and heroism in the cause of freedom and equality.
Flag Date of Adoption 6 February 1996
Flag Symbolism three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from the angles between the points on a light blue disk centered on the three bands; Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, and the three main colors of her flag were so often adopted by other African countries upon independence that they became known as the pan-African colors

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