Melkam Gena! – Happy Christmas everybody!
Just when those in the west are recovering from Christmas and New Year celebrations along comes another Christmas! The Ethiopian calendar, also called the Ge’ez calendar, differs from the western calendar and is similar to the Coptic Egyptian Calendar. The year starts on the 11th September and Christmas falls on 7th January. The Ethiopian calendar has twelve months of 30 days each plus five or six days which comprise a thirteenth month. It is also 7 or 8 years behind the western calendar. To confuse matters even more Ethiopia uses a different time system, so imagine how confusing it is when you are there trying to arrange a meeting!
For-ethiopia would like to wish all our Ethiopian friends a happy Christmas. We also hope that all our supporters would like to experience an Ethiopian Christmas and come to our Ethiopian Christmas Celebration in Bristol on the 26th January. Details of the event can be found here.
For more information on the Ethiopian calendar you could take a look at http://www.selamta.net/Ethiopian%20Calendar.htm or http://www.ethiopiauncovered.com/specialevents/gennaethiopianchristmas/default.aspx