If you arrive in Addis Ababa in the morning, you will be able to have short visits to one or two of the main attractions of the city: National Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Mercato Market and Entoto Mountains. Later in the day, we join the crowds gathering to celebrate Meskel. There are two parts to the Meskel celebrations. The first is Demera (September 26), in which bonfires are built, topped by a cross to which flowers are tied. The flowers are Meskel daisies. During the evening, the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church orchestrates the lighting ceremony. After the bonfires are blessed, they are lit, and dancing and singing begins around them. Priests in full ceremonial dress sing around the bonfire. When the Demera is set on fire there is an inner feeling of brightness for all those who are around it. Little Demera are also built in individual houses or villages. After some time, splinters from the bundles of burning wood collapse. Which direction they fall in is very significant. Interpretations are soon conjectured as to whether the harvest is going to be plentiful or not, or whether there will be peace all year round, etc. At the closing of the Demera, a rain shower is expected to fall to help put the fire out. If the rain falls and the fire is extinguished, there is a belief that the year will be prosperous.