- Friday, September 11, 2009
- Evelyn Gibson
The 9/11 date has special significance for us here in the US, no question since 2001. But for my friends in Ethiopia it's their New Year. There are so many reasons why I'm drawn to Ethiopia-it's kind of a quirky country like I'm quirky! Last evening I spent nearly an hour emailing friends in Ethiopia wishing them happy New Year!
It's a fun "difference" I thought you might enjoy knowing! Plus you get to knock 7 years off your age, because Ethiopia today is celebrating 2002! They use a Coptic calendar, Egyptian time! The differences in how they calculate everything is beyond my pay grade, but it has to do with the differences in how the date of Jesus' Annunciation is calculated. I keep it simple! They have 12 months of 30 days, plus 5 or 6 solar days to make a 13th month. When you land in Addis, in the airport there's a sign that says, "Welcome to Addis Ababa-where the sun shines 13 months a year!"
So happy New Year!
(pic is of me and my brother, Demissee in leadership with Compassion in Ethiopia)