Millenium 2000, one year to go!
Located on the high plateau in the north-east of Afrika, Ethiopia
enjoy not only a special climate and widelife, but also a unique
calendar that consists of 13 months. The Ethiopian New Year is on
September 11th 2006, or Meskerem 1st 1999 in the Ethiopian calendar
and this year is especially significant being one year before the
Ethiopian Millenium 2000.
Ethiopians at home and abroad will celebrate New Year's Day ( Addis
Amet) with joy, singing, dancing, exchanging gifts and the sharing of
traditional food and drink...
The Ethiopian New Year comes after the rainy season when nature's
beauty can be seen most clearly, mountains and valleys of the country
are all green and the fresh smell of flowers ( including the symbolic
Maskal daisies) in the air. This is also the harvest season and
therefore a time of parties and celebrations.
The date of the New Year itself is believed to be the date that signaled
the end of Noah's flood.
Origins of the new year festivities are related to the return of the
Queen of Sheba from her famous visit to King Salomon in Jerusalem; the
name "Enkutatash" meaning gifts of jewels, is derived from
reports of the Queen of Sheba being welcome back by her chiefs and
priests with praises and extravagant gifts of jewels.
Elaborate religious ceremonies usually take place at the 14th Century
Kosete Yohanes church near Gondar and the Raguel church in Entoto
(Addis Ababa), with each year being dedicated to one of the four New
Testament evangelists- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. 1999 is the year
of "Zemena Luccas" (Luke).
The "spring Festival" reveals Ethiopian tradition and
culture in its pure form, making it a wonderful opportunity to
transmit our precious heritage to younger generations. Ethiopians at
home and abroad should use this symbolic day to unite, put aside
differences, maintain integrity and cultural identity and strive for
the progress and peace of beautiful Ethiopia. We are calling on all
Ethiopians to make this year before the highly significant Millenium
2000, a foundation for a prosperous and peaceful Ethiopian future.
So, once again, "Melkam Addis Amet", with a sincere
message of love, peace, goodwill, good health and prosperity for the
One perfect Ras Tafari Love.
Ras Dlo Levi.
Promoting Ethiopia/Afrika and the E.W.F.Inc.
Read more about Enkutatash
in Rasta Ites Ethiopian pages