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Why is the Ethiopian Calendar Behind by 7 Years?

Right now the entire world is in 2021, but that's not the case with the Ethiopians and their calendar.

In Ethiopia time is completely different with the rest of the world and we are going to find out why it is so. Don't forget to follow me for amazing articles.

To start with Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582 which he named after him, this calendar has been adopted over the years and almost every country uses it.

However the Ethiopians did not adopt this calendar and the reason for this could be the fact that foreigners did not colonise the East African nation. They remained with their ancient type of calendar which is still operational.

The Ethiopian calenders has 13 months compared with the 12 months of the Gregorian calendar. The additional month has five days in a non-leap year and six days during a leap year. The other twelve months have 30 days each.

Both the Gregorian and Ethiopian calendars are both solar calendars, this means that the dates indicate the season or the position of the sun relative to the stars.

In Ethiopia their new year occurs on 11 September in the Gregorian calendar and when the rest of the world is celebrating Christmas on 25 December, Ethiopians celebrate this holiday on 7 January.

Most Ethiopians know of the Gregorian calendar, and some use both two calendars. Others still use the Ethiopian calendar and this makes Ethiopia a unique place to visit, especially if you want to celebrate New Year and Christmas twice.

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