Come celebrate the Ethiopian New Year with Tesfa Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Community Association of Charlotte!
Here's a bit of history on the Ethiopian New Year celebration:
This public holiday in Ethiopia is celebrated on September 11th unless it is a leap year in the Ethiopian calendar, in which case it is celebrated on 12 September 12th. 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 YearThe 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. Pagume, the 13th month in the Ethiopian calendar, comes from the Greek word epagomene, which means ‘days forgotten when a year is calculated’. This month has five days or six days in a leap year. According to the Ethiopian calendar, a year has 365 days, six hours, two minutes and 24 seconds. Once every four years, the six hours add up to 24 hours and become the sixth day in a leap year. Once in 600 years, the two minutes and 24 seconds add up to a full day and form a seventh day. 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)