Happy Ethiopian New Year | Melkam Addis Amet!


Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-ChiefLast Modified: 18:31 PM EDT, 2 September 2010

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Enkutatash is the Ethiopian New Year which will be celebrated by the Gregorian calendar on 11 September 2010.  Like the Coptic calendar, the Ethiopian calendar has twelve months of 30 days each plus five or six epagomenal days, which comprise a thirteenth month.

The Ethiopian months begin on the same days as those of the Coptic calendar, but their names are in Ge'ez. The sixth epagomenal day is added every four years without exception on August 29 of the Julian calendar, six months before the Julian leap day.

Thus the first day of the Ethiopian year, 1 Mäskäräm, for years between 1901 and 2099 (inclusive), is usually September 11 (Gregorian), but falls on September 12 in years before the Gregorian leap year.

The current year according to the Ethiopian calendar is 2002, which began on September 11, 2009 of the Gregorian calendar. The year 2003 will begin on September 11, 2010. Source: Wikipedia

Melkam Addis Amet to all my friends and readers!

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