Sunday, September 11, 2016

'Enkutatash' እንቁጣጣሽ (Ethiopian New Year)

(Sept,11, 2016)--To all our readers and contributors all over the world, we wish you a Happy Ethiopian New Year. Let this New Year mark the beginning of new hopes, wishes and fresh thinking in your career.

Ethiopian New Year celebration
Enkutatash, the Ethiopian New Year, marks the end of the rainy reason and the beginning of the spring sunshine. While Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, the holiday falls on September 11th according to the Western or Gregorian calendar, except for leap years, when it occurs on September 12th.

Enkutatash, meaning “gift of jewels” in Amharic, originally derives from the story of the Queen of Sheba returning from visiting King Solomon in Jerusalem, according to popular legend. When the Queen arrived, she was greeted by her Ethiopian chiefs with enku, jewels. This joyful holiday has supposedly been celebrated since this time, marked by dancing and singing across the green countryside, budding with spring flowers.

Enkutatash is a very festive occasion. After attending church in the morning, families gather to share a traditional meal of injera (flat bread) and wat (stew). Later in the day, young girls donning new clothes, gather daisies and present friends with a bouquet, singing New Year’s songs. They often receive a small gift in return, usually either money or bread. Young boys paint pictures of saints to give away and also receive a small token in return.

The day of festivities winds down with families visiting friends and sharing a drink of tella, Ethiopian beer, while children go out and spend their newly received riches.
Wish everyone luck and all things good and inspirational in the New Year.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have done good job guys. Happy New year to u too.

Anonymous said...

መልካም አዲስ አመት ለኢትዪጵያኖች በሙሉ ይሁንላችሁ::

Anonymous said...

አቆጣጠር 2006!

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

Melkam Addis Amet!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Ethiopia from America!!God bless you!

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