The Ethiopian Orthodox Church comes in the forefront of this aspect with its priceless treasures and relics: old parchments, manuscripts, paintings, chalices, crosses and icons. Annual Church festivals are very colorful and without doubt provide an exhilarating spiritual experience. They are heavily attended by not only foreign visitors and film crews, but by enthusiastic national pilgrims. If the intention is to experience the magnificent rock churches in a more private, serene manner (yours being the only pair of shoes outside each church and having full attention of the priest) then it is wise to come on a different occasion. The Islamic religion widely followed by more than a third of the country’s population and has it’s certain events and holy days that are observed annually.