Date (in Western Calendar)                                           

Ethiopian public holiday


January 7                                                                                      

Ethiopian Christmas (Genna)


January 19                                                                                      

Ethiopian Epiphany (Timkat)


March  2                                                                                         

Victory of Adwa Day


March 13                                                                                        

Id Al Fitir (End of Ramadan)


April 6                                                                                            

Patriots Victory Day


April 17                                                                                         

Id Al Adha (Arafa)


April 25                                                                                    

Ethiopian Good Friday


April 27                                                                                      

Ethiopian Easter (Fasika)

May 28             

Downfall of the Dergue (Since 1991)

July 17

Birth of Prophet Mohammed (Moulid)

Sepember 11                                                                         

Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash)

September 27                                                                         

Feast of the True Cross (Meskal)

Ethiopia has its own ancient calendar. The Ethiopian Calendar has more in common with the Coptic Egyptian Calendar. The Ethiopic and Coptic calendars have 13 months,12 of 30 days each and an intercalary month at the end of the year of 5 or 6 days depending whether the year is a leap year or not. The Ethiopian calendar is much more similar to the Egyptian Coptic calendar having a year of 13 months, 365 days and 366 days in a leap year (every fourth year) and it is much influenced by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which follows its ancient calendar rules and beliefs. The year starts on 11 September in the Gregorian Calendar or on the 12th in (Gregorian) Leap Years. The Coptic Leap Year follows the same rules as the Gregorian so that the extra month always has 6 days in a Gregorian Leap Year.

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Ethiopia as the Winner of "World's Best Tourist Destination for 2015" Ethiopia's Most Beautiful World Heritage Sites Cultural: Aksum (1980), Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region (1979), Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town (2006), Konso Cultural Landscape (2011), Lower Valley of the Awash (1980), Lower Valley of the Omo (1980), Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (1978), Tiya (1980), Natural Simien National Park (1978)