Happy Ethiopian New Year – 2008

Posted: September 11, 2015 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa

Enkutatesh (New Year Celebration) – September 11;  it is the celebration of Ethiopian New Year which falls every year Meskerem 1st (September 1st Ethiopian Calendar) or September 11th or 12th (Gregorian calendar) depending on the leap year.

Ethiopia is the only African country to have its own form of ancient calendar system that has survived for thousand years. This ancient calendar is said to have been developed from other oldest calendars mainly the Julian and the ancient Egyptian (Coptic) calendar systems though it is unique with no resemblance in the world today.

The year of Ethiopian calendar contains 365 days into which an extra day is added in every fourth year and thus it becomes 366 days in this year. Each year is divided into 13 months. The first month of the year is September and the last (13th) month is Pagumiene, which comes after August. Each month (from September to August) has 30 days and the 13th month Pagumiene has 5 days and or 6 days in leap year (every four years). The Ethiopian leap day is Pagumiene 6.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has played the major role in initiating, developing and maintaining the Ethiopian calendar system.

Years of the Ethiopian calendar have a four-year cycle. Each year in this four-year period is dedicated to one of the four evangelists who come in the usual order as Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. The year of Luke is the Ethiopian Leap Year. In other words, the extra day of the leap is added at the end of the period of Luke. Each year has four seasons similar to autumn, winter, spring and summer.

Although the Gregorian and the Ethiopian calendars have the same number of days in a year i.e. 365 and/or 366 days in a leap year, the number of days in each month and the number of months in each year is different. The Ethiopian calendar is always seven years and eight months behind the Gregorian Calendar between September and December and eight years and four months behind between January and August. The Gregorian calendar consists of twelve months with January, March, May, July, August, October, and December having 31 days; April, June, September and November 30 Days and February having 28 days (29 days in leap year)

FANOS Ethiopia Tours Wishes you Happy Glorious and Successful Ethiopian New Year 2008 Ahead!

መልካም አዲስ አመት። አዲሱ አመት የመተሳሰብ የቅንነት የለዉጥና መሻሻል አመት ያድርግልን። መልካም ምኞቶች ሁሉ ተግባር ላይ ዉለዉ ያሳየን።

Kebrabe Matewos,

General Manager, B.A Tourism Management, (University of Gonder) Tourism Lecturer, Tour Operator &  Tour leader

FANOS Ethiopia Tours

Mobile: + 251 913170579

P.o.box: 26696 Code 1000

E-mail: info@fanosethiopiatours.com

Website: www.fanosethiopiatours.com

Skype: kebmathews

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