Category Archives: Dates: Jul-Dec

Today is the 121st anniversary of the birth of Ethiopian King Emperor Haile Selassie I

Haile Selassie I is Ethiopia’s 225th and last emperor, serving from 1930 until his overthrow by the Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1974. The longtime ruler traced his line back to Menelik I, who was credited with being the … Continue reading

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Meskal – Finding of the True Cross

September 27th Meskal has been celebrated in the country for over 1600 years. The word actually means “cross” and the feast commemorates the discovery of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified, by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine … Continue reading

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Enkutatash – Ethiopian New Year

September 11th 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 … Continue reading

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