Ethiopian New Year around the world in 2020

Ethiopian New Year around the world in 2020

  How long until Ethiopian New Year?
This holiday next takes place in 61 days in Eritrea.
  Dates of Ethiopian New Year around the world
2022 Various Sep 11
EritreaSun, Sep 11National Holiday
EthiopiaSun, Sep 11National Holiday
2021 Various Sep 11
EritreaSat, Sep 11National Holiday
EthiopiaSat, Sep 11National Holiday
2020 Various Sep 11, Sep 12
EritreaFri, Sep 11National Holiday
EthiopiaSat, Sep 12National Holiday
2019 Various Sep 11
EritreaWed, Sep 11National Holiday
EthiopiaWed, Sep 11National Holiday
2018 EthiopiaSep 11
Ethiopia Tue, Sep 11National Holiday
The Ethiopian calendar is based on the Coptic calendar, which was fixed to the Julian calendar in 25 BC by Emperor Augustus of Rome
  Which countries observe Ethiopian New Year in 2020?
  EritreaSep 11National Holiday
  EthiopiaSep 12National Holiday

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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