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If you didn’t know there is an Ethiopian cultural festival coming to Charlotte? If you didn’t I have to give you the details surrounding it.

I had to do a different type of research for this event. Ethopia is celebrating the new year and there, it’s 2015. I know when you read the title it made you wonder if I made a typo. First, let me give you the details of the festival. It’s this Saturday, Sept 10th from 2p-6p. It will be located at the Midwood International and Cultural center located at 1817 Central Ave.

Now, on to the research. I wanted to gain a better understanding of why the year is 2015 there. The Ethiopian New Year is called “Enkutatash”. In Ethiopia, they utilize a calendar based in calculations of a 6th century monk named Dionysius. This calendar is considered what’s called a Gregorian calendar. With this calendar, this monk made the “annunciation of Jesus” 8 years later according this calendar. Their new year date is 9/10 and on a leap year, it’s 9/11. This makes their upcoming year 2015 instead of 2023 and since the Ethiopian new year starts on 9/10, by the Gregorian calendar, that makes it 2015 on Saturday. Got it?? Good!

This will be something fun to do with the family, date day, all those good things. Checkout the cultural festival.


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