Jun 22, 2024, 06:46 PM IST

World's only country that is still living in 2016 because...

Varnika Srivastava

Ethiopia is stuck in 2016, while the rest of the world is living in 2024. And there is a reason why

The Ethiopian Ge'ez calendar, derived from the ancient Coptic calendar, is 7 to 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar, characterized by 13 months and an intercalary month.

Ethiopia celebrates the Feast of Neyrouz, an ancient Egyptian celebration, on September 11, marking the start of the new year and the Nile flood.

The Ethiopian calendar's discrepancy is due to a discrepancy in the birth of Jesus Christ, with the Gregorian calendar based on Dionysius Exiguus' calculations.

Ethiopians view their calendar as a symbol of national identity, showcasing their resilience in preserving their cultural heritage amidst colonial influence and globalisation.

Enkutatash, Ethiopia's New Year, commemorates Queen Sheba's return to King Solomon, a vibrant festival of renewal, joy, and thanksgiving, featuring feasts, singing, and traditional dances.

The Ethiopian calendar, a unique duality for Ethiopians, coexists with the Gregorian calendar in business transactions, social engagements, official documents, public holidays, and school years.

This information is not DNA's opinion but obtained from media reports