Friday, August 6

The Ethiopic Calendar

An article by Dr. Aberra Molla about the Ethiopic Calendar (written in 1994)
According to the beliefs of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, God created the world 5500 years before the birth of Christ. (And) it is 1994 years since Jesus was born. Based on this timeline, we are in the year 7494 of the eighth millennium. These are referred to (Amete Alem in Amharic) or "the years of the world".

Ethiopic is not the only calendar in Ethiopia either. Ethiopians followed the Old Testament before the introduction of Christianity. The Oromo people have their own calendar. Bete Israel (the Falasha) believe in the Jewish faith (and follow its calendar).

The Ethiopian Calendar has more in common with the Coptic Egyptian Calendar. The Ethiopic and Coptic calendars have 13 months, 12 of 30 days each and an intercalary month at the end of the year of 5 or 6 days depending whether the year is a leap year or not...
Here is the rest of this article about the The Ethiopic Calendar.

Wikepedia has articles about the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

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