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Happy Ethiopian New Year2007 እንቁጣጣሽ - መልካም አዲስ አመት።

Happy Ethiopian New Year እንቁጣጣሽ - መልካም አዲስ አመት።
Ethiopia is celebrating the coming of 2007. New Year in Ethiopia is Called ‘Enkutatash’(እንቁጣጣሽ) and celebrated on ‘Meskerem 1st’ (መስከረም ፩) in the Ethiopian Calendar or September 11th of the Gregorian calendar. Ethiopia has a different calendar which goes back to thousands of years based on the older Alexandrian or Coptic calendar. In 1582 when the rest of the Christian world adopted the Gregorian calendar (European), Ethiopia stayed with the ancient Julian calendar. This calendar is still the official calendar in Ethiopia. The calendar basically has 13 months, each month having 30 days and the remaining 5 or 6 days are considered as a month and called Pagumen. The New Year is traditionally the end of the season of heavy rains when the sun appears again to create a clear, fresh environment . ‘Enkutatash’, which means “the gift of jewels”, has been celebrated since the time of the Queen of Sheba. Folklore records that, upon her return from visiting King Solomon in Jerusalem, courtiers welcomed the Queen by replenishing her treasury with “enku” or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and when the rainy season ends, dancing and singing can be heard throughout the villages in the green countryside. In modern times, ‘Enkutatash’ is marked by all religious observances, eating special foods, singing and family gatherings. Girls go from house to house singing New Year songs and the boys present pictures that they have drawn. Meanwhile, the adults discuss their hopes for the coming year. This date is also a reminder of Ethiopians distinct culture and civilization which has been preserved for centuries - a significant achievement bearing evidence that Ethiopia is one of the oldest civilizations

Ethiopia for the Adventure of a Lifetime     
Simien Mountains
Twice the size of France, Ethiopia has nine National Parks and six Wildlife Sanctuaries.
Ethiopian Wildlife
Ethiopia's highlands are home to at least 20 species of mammals, and 30 species of birds that are found nowhere else.

Visit Ethiopia, one of the world's most fascinating yet least understood destinations.  For those who like to tour off the beaten track and broaden their horizons, Ethiopia offers an unforgettable experience for even the most seasoned traveler.  Boasting some of the most impressive historical sites in all of Africa; an abundance of unique and endemic wildlife; dramatic landscapes; and an ancient culture renowned for its hospitality; Ethiopia should be on all travelers' "must see" lists.
Ethiopia  only African nation that was never colonized.  Visit a nation that officially embraced Christianity in the 4th century yet is also home to the one of the holiest cities
in Islam.  Not only is Ethiopia one of the oldest nations in the world, but archeologists have made discoveries there that date back to the origins of humankind.  Ethiopia has medieval castles, churches hewn out of solid rock, temples to moon gods, and nine United Nations World Heritage sites, more sites than any other African country.

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