Ethiopia is old beyond imagination, dating to the very beginning of mankind; after all this is the land of Dinknesh (Lucy), Lucy is a female hominoid that lived in what is now called the Awash Valley in Hadar approximately 3.2 million years ago and she is the oldest skeleton of any erect walking human ancestor that has ever been found. It is also the land of the Queen of Sheba, a place of legendary and farsighted leaders, fabulous kingdoms and ancient mysteries.
The Ethiopian calendar is much more similar to the Egyptian Coptic calendar having a year of 13 months. The Ethiopian calendar divides the year into 12 months of 30 days each, plus a thirteenth month of 5 days and one extra day during a leap year. The Ethiopian calendar is very much influenced by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which adheres to its ancient calendar rules. The Ethiopian calendar is always seven years and eight months behind the Gregorian and Eastern Orthodox Church calendars from September to December and eight years and four months behind, from January to August.
Ethiopians all over the world will celebrate the new millennium on September 12, 2007 (Meskerem 1, 2000 Ethiopian calendar).
It is time for Ethiopians from all walks of life ask the tough questions about ourselves; it is time to stop blaming others and let each and every Ethiopian ask himself or herself where do we take our country and people from here?
Posted by EYASU SOLOMON