It’s been a few days since 2022, but in this strange country it’s still 2014, and here’s why

In Ethiopia, it is still 2014 because they live according to a separate calendar 7 to 8 years later than us.

Difference between solar calendar and Ethiopian calendar

The solar calendar we use to calculate time is the Gregorian calendar, created by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

The Ethiopian calendar and the Gregorian calendar both use the birth date of Jesus Christ as the starting point of time, but differ in calculating the date of the Lord’s birth.

According to the Gregorian calendar, Christ was born in 1 AD. As for the Ethiopian calendar, Jesus was born in 7 BC. This makes the Ethiopian calendar always 7 to 8 years behind our solar calendar.

And of course, although we have been a few days into 2022, according to the Ethiopian calendar, it is only 2014.

Interesting facts of the Ethiopian calendar

According to the Ethiopian calendar, a year has 13 months. In which the first 12 months have 30 days, the 13th month is named Pagume with only 5 or 6 days if it is a Leap year.

According to the Ethiopian calendar, the new year will begin on September 11. This is because the number of daylight hours and night hours in September are equal in all parts of the world, and according to the Bible, Heaven and Earth were created in September.

Ethiopia is also the only country with a 12-hour time system that counts from dawn to dusk and from dusk to dawn. This means that in this country 0h corresponds to 6am in other countries, and 6pm is the middle of the day, not 12.

Although it has its own calendar system, most people in this country use both the Gregorian calendar at the same time in their daily activities.


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