Ethiopia entered the new year today

Ethiopia, an East African country that uses its own calendar, entered 2016 today.

Ethiopia welcomes the new year on 11th or 12th of September every year, and today entered the year 2016. All official institutions in the country have a New Year’s holiday today.

Prime Minister Abiy stated in his congratulatory message, that they overcame many difficulties last year and wished happiness to all Ethiopians in the new year.

The government coincided the complete filling of the Hedasi Dam, with the start of the new year.

The first day of the year, known as “Enkutatash”, is considered to be the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the harvest period.

The Ethiopian calendar, which is approximately 7 years and 8 months behind the Gregorian calendar and is based on the Sun, in addition to being a religious calendar, it is used by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in all official affairs.

In Ethiopia, which also uses a different time system, the day starts at 06:00, not 00:00. While a day consists of two different parts of 12 hours, the first part starts at 06.00 and the second part starts at 18.00.

While 12 months in the Ethiopian calendar consist of 30 days, there is a 13th month of 5 to 6 days after the 12th month in the calendar. According to this calendar, the new year is entered on September 11 or 12.


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