New Year’s excitement in Ethiopia! Tomorrow they will enter 2014

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People who flocked to the bazaars and markets in Ethiopia have completed their preparations for the New Year. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a congratulatory message ahead of the New Year and distributed Christmas gifts to the elderly and disabled in the capital Addis Ababa. The first day of the year, called “Enkutataş” in the country, is also accepted as the end of the rainy season and the start of the harvest period. The Ethiopian calendar, a solar calendar, is used by the Ethiopian government for all official business, as well as a religious calendar for Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians.


The Ethiopian calendar, which follows the progression of the date in the Gregorian calendar approximately 7 years and 8 months behind, is similar to the calendar used by Coptic Christians in Egypt. Like the Coptic calendar, the Ethiopian calendar has 12 months of 30 days and a 13th month of 5 or 6 leap days. For the Ethiopian people, who use a different time system as well as their own calendar, the day starts at 6:00 a.m., not at 12:00 a.m. The day consists of two different parts of 12 hours. The first 12-hour time zone begins at 6:00 a.m. and the second zone begins at 6:00 p.m.

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