The Ethiopian New Year - Sept 11th

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Following the Julian calendar, Ethiopia is seven and half years behind the western calendar and its new year falls in the month of September. Once the rainy season has ended, the sun comes out to shine all day long, creating an atmosphere of dazzling clarity and fresh clean air. The highlands turn green and gold as the Meskel daisies burst out in their entire splendor. On 11th September early morning, the new-year is announced by little girls singing the song Abeba-ye-hosh (meaning do you see the blooming flowers?) in their respective villages whilst the boys give paints to each household as their new year wishes. Adults are expected to respond by rewarding gifts to the children. This is the most special and important day, in which Ethiopians start the year with a new spirit, freshness, excitement and good expectations

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