Ethiopian New Year

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2019 DateSeptember 12, 2019
2020 DateSeptember 11, 2020
Ethiopian New Year

Ethiopian New Year History

Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11th (September 12th during a leap year). The East African nation observes a unique calendar. The yearly count is seven to eight years behind the Gregorian calendar.

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Ethiopian New Year Facts

  • Ethiopian New Year occurs on Meskerem 1st on the Ethiopian calendar which is September 11th (or September 12th during leap year) on the Gregorian (Western) calendar. Back in Ethiopia, they go by the Orthodox Julian calendar which is made up of 12 months of 30 days along with a 13th month (Pagume) that consists of 5 or 6 days depending on if it’s leap year. When compared to the Gregorian calendar, this Ethiopian calendar is exactly 7 years and 8 months behind it.
  • According to Washington Post, the Ethiopian calendar is a unique form of the Coptic or Alexandrian calendar, derived from the earlier Egyptian calendar which influenced the Julian calendar.

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