Festivals and Holidays

Festivals and Holidays

A number of colorful and cultural festivals are celebrated in Ethiopia. Among the most colorful are:

Enqutatash, Ethiopian New Year - 11 September
Gena, Christmas - 7 January
Meskal, the finding of the true cross - 27 September (of which the bonfire ceremony is the most impressive part of the festival)
Timkat, Ethiopian Epiphany - 19 January


In addition, there are other popular religious festivals connected to angels\' and saints\' days. The most celebrated are:

Saint Gabriel\'s day at Kulubi - 28 December
Saint Mary\'s day - 29 November
All Muslim holidays


Marriage, birth, other rituals, body adornment, housing styles, and other practices are expressions of Ethiopia\'s melting pot of tribal and cultural diversity.