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9/11 Ethiopian New Year

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Wishing all Ethiopians a Happy New Year 
May 2001 bring us Peace
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Enkutatash is the word for the Ethiopian new year in the official language of Ethiopia: Amharic. It represents the first day of the New Year in Ethiopia. It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is September 11 (or, during a leap year, September 12) according to the Gregorian calendar.

Literally, Enkutatash means ‘Gift of Jewels’. The date traditionally marks the end of the season of heavy rains and is more recently or historically set by the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia after her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem.

We are in 2008 on the Gregorian calendar, it is now 2001 on the Ethiopian calendar.

New Year Wish in Amharic

New Year Wish in Amharic

 

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Written by Tseday

September 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Posted in Ethiopia

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