It is celebrated on September 27 for the memorization of the finding the true cross by Empress Helena, the mother of Alexander the great. On the eve bonfire are built topped by a cross to which flowers are tied, most commonly the Meskel daisy. After the bonfire is blessed, they are lit and dancing and singing begins around them Priests done their regalia. Addis Ababa, Gondar and Axum are good places to experience Meskel.