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Enkutatash is the first day of the New Year in Ethiopia. It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is September 11 (or, during a leap year, September 12) according to the Gregorian calendar. The New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. ... The Ethiopian/Geez calendar (Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር ) or Ethiopic calendar is the principal calendar used in Ethiopia and is also the liturgical year of christians in Eritrea belonging to the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Eastern Catholic Church of Eritrea and Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Eritrea), where it is commonly known as... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used calendar in the world. ...


Literally, Enkutatash means 'Gift of Jewels'. The date traditionally marks the end of the season of heavy rains and is more recently or historically set by the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia after her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem. The Queen of Sheba, (Hebrew מלכת שבא , Arabic ملكة سبأ , Geez: ንግሥተ ሳባ Nigista Saba), referred to in the Hebrew scriputures (Old Testament), Bible books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles, the New Testament, the Quran, and Ethiopian history, was the ruler of Sheba, an ancient kingdom which modern archaeology speculates was located in... It has been suggested that Sulayman be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Jerusalem (disambiguation). ...


The largest religious celebrations are at the Kostete Yohannes church in the city of Gaynt in Gondar and at the Ragual Church on Entoto mountain. Rasta Ites website (ref accessed Meskerem 1st 2000) Overview of the city with Fasilides castle in the center. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In 2007 on the Gregorian calendar, it became 2000 on the Ethiopian calendar.


See also

The Ethiopian/Geez calendar (Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር ) or Ethiopic calendar is the principal calendar used in Ethiopia and is also the liturgical year of christians in Eritrea belonging to the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Eastern Catholic Church of Eritrea and Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Eritrea), where it is commonly known as... The culture of Ethiopia is very multi-faceted. ... The New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. ... This article is about January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Enkutatash 2005

 
 

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