Friday, September 10, 2010

Enkutatash 2003

Happy Ethiopian New Year
Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar - 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 and the New Year is celebrated on September 11th each year.

Enkutatash 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 inku or jewels.

The festival has been celebrated each spring and marks the end of the rainy season. New Year's Eve is spent feasting and partying. On New Year's Day, the house is decorated with yellow Meskal daisies and girls armed with a kabero drum, go from house to house singing a special Enkutatash song. Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging formal new year greetings and cards or a traditional bouquet of flowers.


Rowan Family Tree said...

This is the same picture we used on the girls' Happy New Year cards - cool!

Laura... Would you please consider posting this video to your blog, to solicit sponsor for Vulnerable Children Society, Faya Orphanage's new partner organization?

Really appreciate it!!!

indianist said...

Wish you all a Merry and Happy New Year 2012. Let this new year bring you all great joy and harmony in your life for your future. Wonderful & happy New Year greetings and wishes of the season…