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Ethiopian Jews recently celebrated their festival of Sigd, which involves reaccaptence of the Torah, communal fasting and feasting, and prayers.

Is it acceptable for someone of a Minhag other than that of the Beta Israel/Ethiopian Jews to celebrate Sigd? I ask because it is a holiday that doesn't exist outside of all non-Ethiopian traditions, but also doesn't conflict with Jewish beliefs. I've been in Israel during Sigd (though I wasn't this year), and wondered about "joining in" with my Ethiopian friends when they celebrated.

Obviously CYLOR, etc.

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    +1, interesting question....I'd never heard of Sigd before seeing this post! – Shokhet Nov 23 '14 at 19:26
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    @Shokhet, the Ethiopian Calendar differs in terms of chagim relative to the common variant among other Jews. They also have a variant of beha"b, which occurs every week (be"h?). – Noach MiFrankfurt Nov 23 '14 at 19:32
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt I may just have to ask some new questions about the Ethiopian calendar, then :) ....live and learn, huh? – Shokhet Nov 23 '14 at 19:35
  • @Shokhet, yup, but the only resource that I know of is Wiki. I doubt that Hebrewbooks (or any other mainstream Eurasian or African Jewish resources) would have much on them. – Noach MiFrankfurt Nov 23 '14 at 19:44
  • Closely related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/50879 – msh210 Dec 24 '14 at 18:54
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Yes. Source: People do.

See this article, where it talks about how Sigd has become an Israeli holiday (on the calendar since 2008), celebrated by both Ethiopians and non-Ethiopians.

However, if you look at the article above, you can see them prostrating, which is a problem according to mainstream Judaism. If joining, you might want to skip that part.

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    Are those people joining recognized halachic authorities? If not i dont see how they are relevant – Double AA Nov 23 '14 at 20:11
  • It seems from the linked article that rabbis would encourage their non-Ethiopian students to join in the festivities. – Scimonster Nov 23 '14 at 20:12
  • @Scimonster I know people do celebrate it, but I was curious if anyone had issued a formal ruling – user5540 Nov 23 '14 at 20:29
  • Do those Rabbis who encourage sigd encourage prostration? – Shmuel Brin Dec 24 '14 at 8:10
  • @ShmuelBrin judaism.stackexchange.com/q/50879 – msh210 Dec 24 '14 at 18:54

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