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Religious Events
Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash)
Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)
Ethiopian Christmas, (Genna)
Timket, feast of Epiphany
Hidar Tsion (Celebration of St. Mary's day)
Hossaena (Palm Sunday) at Axum
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Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash)
Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days and 6 days in leap year. The Ethiopian calendar is 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar from January to September and 7 years behind between September 11 and January 8.

Enqutatash means the "gift of jewels". When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her bolts by replenishing her treasury with jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside.
But Enqutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday. Today's Enqutatash is also the season for exchanging formal New Year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated - in lieu or the traditional bouquet of flowers.