Vancouver Ethiopian Blog

Ethiopian life in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Happy Ethiopian New Year to All

Happy New Year to All Ethiopians!

Tomorrow, September 11, 2009, will be the Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash in Amharic) or R’ise Awde Amet (Head Anniversary) in the ancient language of Ethiopia, Geez.

Yes, September 11, 2009 will be the first day of the first month of the year 2002. Ethiopia is about 7 years, 3 months and 20 days behind the official Gregorian Calendar in use in North America, Europe, and most countries around the world. Ethiopia has 13 months in a year; 12 months of 30 days each, with the 13th month having only 5 days (6 days in a leap year, which takes place every 4 years).

To find a specific date that corresponds to the Ethiopian Calendar, I suggest that you use this converter. If you are interested to have a fully functioning Ethiopian Calendar, called Ethiopica Calendar in your computer desktop, you can download it here. Please note that, for this calendar download to work properly, you must already have a Java Client running on your machine. If you don’t have Java, you may download it here.

More detailed explanation of the Ethiopian Calendar is found in Wikipedia, but some scholars like Ethiopian Harvard Professor, Dr. Ephraim Isaac, have a different take on the origin of the Ethiopian Calendar. Dr. Isaac (his face book profile is here) reasons that the Ethiopian Calendar has originated by Ethiopians in Ethiopia thousands of years ago. On a separate note, Dr. Isaac’s speech regarding Ethiopian-American relations is found here. I will write more on Professor Isaac in my “Model Ethiopians” segment. For now, you can read this and this links about him.

On the topic of the new year festivals, the Ethiopian community in and around Vancouver is planning to celebrate this important holiday with some activities in town.

Again, Happy New Year to All Ethiopians!

My next weekly post will be on Thursday September 17, 2009.


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  3. I just checked out your blogs. I am really proud and inspired by you. I am also an Ethiopian living in the lower mainland. Keep up the good work. Hope to come up with an article myself.

    Comment by lilly | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. Dear Lilly,

    Thanks for your good words.

    I look forward to seeing your article. Peace.

    Comment by vancouverethiopian | January 25, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thank you very much for this great post.

    Yes, I was able to download the Ethiopian Calendar. It works fine on my desktop.

    The calendar converter is really helpful as I was able to find correct birthdays in the Gregorian Calendar.

    Keep up the good and positive posts.

    May God bless Ethiopia.

    Comment by Goshu | February 8, 2010 | Reply

  6. Hi Happy New year to you too. I like your blog, hope we have a good experience sharing and wisdom sharing channel

    Comment by Rose Page | September 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Rose Page,

      Thank you very much for your comment. I read your blog – please keep it up!

      Comment by vancouverethiopian | September 16, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi I found about your page after I posted Ethiopian New Year Related topic. And I am really happy to read your articles. Keep it up.
    Hope you visit my blog too.

    Comment by Rose Page | September 20, 2010 | Reply

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