Did you know that Ethiopia’s calendar year is different than ours?
Believe it or not, the calendar we’re familiar with the USA – the Gregorian Calendar – is not universal! The Ethiopian calendar year also has 365 days, but is divided into thirteen months instead of twelve. The first twelve months have exactly 30 days, while the thirteenth month makes up the remaining five days (or six days in a leap year, which occurs every four years). The New Year begins during our month of September, and is dated nearly eight years behind ours!
Inside this colorful, wire-bound calendar, you’ll see some of the precious faces of the Yezelalem Minch program in Ethiopia. Each month shows the corresponding Ethiopian months in Amharic – the primary language of Ethiopia. Each day also displays the corresponding Ethiopian date, month, and year, as well as major public holidays in both the USA and Ethiopia.