As countries around the world are celebrating 2022 as new year, Ethiopia recently entered 2014, as a matter of fact Ethiopian calendar reads January 23rd 2014 as other countries of the world celebrate January 1st 2022. This is because the Ethiopian calendar is Seven years and 8 months behind western calendar.
You may be wondering why the East African country is seven years behind the rest of the world. Well, Ethiopia follows a calendar similar to the ancient Julian calendar, use Coptic calendar, while other countries of the world use Gregorian calendar.
trendinggist9ja gathered that the difference in year numbering is believed to be because the Ethiopian Orthodox Church does not agree with the Roman Catholic Church about when Christ was born.
According to BBC The Ethiopian Orthodox Church calculates the birth year of Jesus Christ differently. When the Catholic Church amended its calculation in 500 AD, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church did not.
So the new year falls on 11 September in the Western calendar, or 12 September in leap years, at the start of spring.
Time is also counted differently – with the day divided into two 12-hour slots starting from 06:00, which would make both midday and midnight six o’clock in Ethiopian time.