Keddus Johannes in Eritrea in 2019

Keddus Johannes in Eritrea in 2019
  How long until Keddus Johannes?
This holiday next takes place in 55 days.
  Dates of Keddus Johannes in Eritrea
2021Eritrea Sat, Sep 11Public Holiday
2020Eritrea Fri, Sep 11Public Holiday
2019Eritrea Wed, Sep 11Public Holiday
  Summary
The Ethiopian calendar is based on the Coptic calendar, which was fixed to the Julian calendar in 25 BC by Emperor Augustus of Rome
  Keddus Johannes in other countries
Keddus Johannes internationally

When is Ethiopian New Year?

This public holiday in Ethiopia is celebrated on 11 September unless it is a leap year in the Ethiopian calendar, in which case it is celebrated on 12 September.

Known in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia as Enkutatash, this holiday marks 1 Meskerem, the first day in the Ethiopian calendar.

History of Ethiopian New Year

The Ethiopian calendar is a solar calendar based on the Egyptian and Julian calendars and was brought to Ethiopia by missionaries. The year consists of 12 months of 30 days and a thirteenth month of five or six timekeeping days.

Based on the Julian calendar basis, the Ethiopian calendar is currently seven years and eight months behind the Gregorian calendar used in most of the world.

Enkutatash means the 'gift of jewels'. It is said to refer to the Queen of Sheba returning from her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem in 980 BC. On the Queen's arrival back in Ethiopia, her chiefs welcomed her by filling her treasury with jewels ('enku'). It may also refer to the countryside, as this time of year coincides with the end of the rainy season meaning the landscape is covered with Adey Abeba, whose bright yellow flowers appear almost in celebration of the impending harvest.

Celebrations for the Ethiopian New Year usually last for a week and are focused on family events. The holiday starts on New Year's Eve, when each household light wooden torches called "chibo" in Amharic language, that symbolise the coming of the new season of sunshine after the end of the rainy season that has prevailed since June.

Enkuan Aderesachihu! (Happy New Year)

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