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  • Australia's leaders wish the Ethiopian community a happy new year. (SBS Amharic)Source: SBS Amharic
Enkutatash (Ethiopic እንቁጣጣሽ) is the first day of the New Year in Ethiopia. It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is 11 September (or, during a leap year, 12 September). Large celebrations are held around the country and Ethiopians in Australia celebrate it as well.

12 Sep 2015 - 9:38 PM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2015 - 8:54 AM

For centuries Ethiopia has followed a calendar which is based on the Julian calendar as opposed to the Western Gregorian calendar. The Ethiopian year is on average 365.25 days long, causing the calendar to gain a day about every 134 years.

The Ethiopian year consists of 365 days, divided into twelve months of thirty days each, plus one additional month of five days and six in leap years. The Ethiopian/Eritrean New Year begins on 11 September and ends the following 10 September.

The Ethiopian year also runs almost eight years behind the Western Gregorian year. For example, the Ethiopian year 1983 began on 11 September 1990, according to the Western (Gregorian) calendar, and ended on 10 September 1991. However, Ethiopia has substantially adopted the more universal Gregorian calendar for business and official use.

Since 2000-01, Ethiopia has been one of the top ten source countries for humanitarian entrants into Australia. For 2006-07, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has asked Australia to resettle a small number of Ethiopian refugees currently residing in Kenya and Somalia. Special Humanitarian Programme and family stream arrivals are likely to continue.

More information about Ethiopia here

In 2015, three National leaders sent video messages to the Australian - Ethiopian community.








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