ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR

 ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR

Ethiopians uses its own colander, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days, and 6 days in leap year. The Ethiopia calendar is 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar from August to September and 7 years behind between September 11 and December.

Enkutatash means “gift of jewels”. When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit Solomon in Jerusalem her chiefs welcomed her bolts by replenishing her treasury with Jewels. The sprig festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains season come to an end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green country side. But Enkutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday. Today’s Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging New Year greetings. Young boys also bring different kinds of paints to people whom they know very closely.