Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama people will be held on 21st and 22nd of June, 2017G.C or June 14 and June 15 2009 E.C .
Fichee-Chambalaalla is the New Year celebration for Sidama people. Sidama elders dicide the Fichee-Chambalaalla date according to observation of the moon and stars. Fichee-Chambalaalla was registered as intangible Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2015.
This New Year Festival is celebrated in all rural community and individual levels.
The first day (21st of June, 2017G.C/June 14 and 15 2009 E.C ) is eve of Sidama New Year and it’s called “FIchee”. It will be celebrated in Sidama Cultural Hall in Hawassa.
The Second day (22nd of June, 2017) is New Year Day for Sidama people and it’s called “Chambalaalla”. It will be celebrated in Gudumale around Lake Hawassa. This celebration is open for everyone including tourists.
 Many Sidama nation members from different places are attend the celebration. Local and international tourists, local and international journalists, invited guests, governmental officials and residents of Hawassa city are also participants of this celebration.