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Why doesn't Ethiopia not follow the Gregorian calendar?

Why doesn't Ethiopia not follow the Gregorian calendar?

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Asked by K. Tanaka, Last updated: Jan 15, 2020

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yibeltalisme

Yibeltalisme

Answered Jan 11, 2020

Notethat the Ethiopian Calendar year starts on September 9 or September 10, not in August ( seehttps://www.ethcalendar.com/). It started on September 10 when the ending year was a leap year. Otherwise, we celebrate our new year on 9/11 (I am old enough. I remember listening to the breaking news on 9/11 while celebrating the new year). Ethiopia does not follow the Gregorian calendar because the country uses its own calendar - the Ethiopian calendar.

 

N. Kingsley

N. Kingsley, Writer, Columbus

Answered Oct 17, 2018

Ethiopia does not follow Gregorian calendar because the country uses it's own calendar - Ethiopian calendar. The calendar is used in Eritrea and Ethiopia, it is used as the liturgical year for Christians in Eritrea. The calendar begins on August 29 or August 30.

The Ethiopian calendar is 7 - 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar. The calendar was derived from Egyptian calendar. The calendar is similar to Julian calendar, it adds a leap year every 4 years with out exception.

 

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