6 Amazing Facts about Ethiopian Calendar

While the most popular calendar is Mayan, there are several calendars across the globe that feature interesting nuances. Here are a few interesting facts about the Ethiopian Calendar.

  1. Ethiopian calendar is a solar calendar.
  2. Ethiopian Calendar adds a leap day every four years without exception.
  3. There is a 7-8 year gap between the Ethiopian and Gregorian Calendars.
  4. Ethiopic calendar has 13 months. Twelve months of 30 days plus five or six epagomenal days.
  5. The first day of the Ethiopian year is called Mäskäräm 1, for years between 1900 and 2099 (inclusive), is usually September 11 (Gregorian). It, however, falls on September 12 in years before the Gregorian leap year.
  6. Enkutatash is the word for the Ethiopian New Year in Amharic.
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