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Enkutatash - Ethiopian New Year

Enkutatash (እንቁጣጣሽ) is a public holiday in coincidence of the first day of the New Year in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is 11 September (or, during a leap year, 12 September) according to the Gregorian calendar.

Large celebrations are held around the country, notably at the Ragual Church on Entoto mountain.

After attending church in the morning, families gather to share a traditional meal of injera (flat bread) and wat (stew). Later in the day, young girls donning new clothes, gather daisies and present friends with a bouquet, singing New Year’s songs. According to the Ethiopian Tourism Commission, "Enkutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday. Modern Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging formal new year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated – in lieu of the traditional bouquet of flowers."

The Ethiopian counting of years begins in the year 8 of the common era. This is because the common era follows the calculations of Dionysius, a 6th-century monk, while the non-Chalcedonian countries continued to use the calculations of Annius, a 5th-century monk, which had placed the Annunciation of Christ exactly 8 years later.

Wishing Sonic Jet Team in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airports Enterprise, Ethiopian Airlines and to all Ethiopian people around the world the coming year to be a peaceful, filled with joy and happiness.

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